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6 Matched Hebbard & Moore Sterling "Fiddle Thread" Pastry Forks
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6 Matched Hebbard & Moore Sterling
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An unusual diminutive size at 6 1/4" long, 4.8 T. oz. the lot, these six forks were likely used for dessert or with afternoon tea.

A "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design, they are Continental in proportion, with an extended shank and slightly bulbous ends. The four tines are relatively lengthy, slender, and pointed.

Each one is inscribed "Maria." and marked "H&M" and "Sterling," along with the retailer's name, "J.H. & J.N. Taylor." The maker was the partnership of Hebbard &... Click for details

Early Gorham "Lion's Head" Coin Silver Open Master Salt
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2521f   $135.00

Early Gorham
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" mark and the word "Coin," this master salt dates circa 1858 according to the Tompkins' benchmark book of open salt dishes.

It stands 1 1/2" high, has a maximum diameter of 2 5/8", and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

Round, it sits on three "lion's head with paw feet" legs. These are quite detailed and expressive, with the lion's strong face and abundant mane well portrayed. There is a beaded rim round the top, and an Old English "V.K.D." monogram on... Click for details

F.A. Bunnell "Fox Head" aka "Wolf's Head" Coin Silver Place Spoon
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F.A. Bunnell
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At 7 1/4" long and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this coin silver piece is the size of today's dessert or oval soup spoon. It would have been a standard place piece at the time of its c. 1870 issue.

The maker was Francis A. Bunnell of Syracuse, New York, whose identifier "F.A.B & Co" is stamped on the reverse.

The pattern, "Fox Head" aka "Wolf's Head" is one that helped fix Bunnell's name in the annals of 19th century silver manufacturing.

It features a high relief portraiture... Click for details

John Polhamus "Medallion" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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John Polhamus
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Writing nearly three decades ago in his ground breaking work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert Soeffing describes John Polhamus as "one of the lesser-known giants of nineteenth-century New York silver." It can be argued that the modifiers "lesser-known" and "New York" could be removed from that sentence. He is today recognized as a major figure in mid 19th century, American, silver manufacturing.

This example of his work was his entry in the realm of "Medallion" patterns is a 5 7/8"... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, Long Handle Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2516f   $38.00

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, Long Handle Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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A partnership dating c. 1838 to 1854, Boynton & Woodford was a jewelry firm and importer located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Their mark appears on the backside of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver cream ladle with a tipped end handle, the style of which places it early in the above date range.

Distinctions among plain coin silver pieces such as this are all about subtlety. For example, the handle on this is relatively long, which would have been utilitarian for sitting in a deep... Click for details

Fine Pair of Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoons by George Hendel, Ca. 1810
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-15   $175.00

Fine Pair of Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoons by George Hendel, Ca. 1810
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Offered is a scarce pair of early American coin silver teaspoons by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. This pair dates to about 1805-15 by style. This pair of spoons measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition on these spoons is very good, with little wear and no dents (aside from a few tiny dimples), splits or repairs. George Hendel's maker's mark is struck once on each spoon and is legible on each. The period script monogram is "EW". All in all a fine... Click for details

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Early Pointed-End Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel of Carlisle
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-14   $75.00

Early Pointed-End Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel of Carlisle
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Offered is a scarce, very early American coin silver teaspoon with die-struck birdback decoration, by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. This piece dates to the earliest years of George Hendel's career, circa 1802. The spoon measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition on this spoon is only fair, with some wear and dings to the bowl, but it is free of splits or repairs. The bird is mostly worn, but can still be readily traced. George Hendel's maker's mark is... Click for details

Rare Set of Six Carlisle Coin Silver Spoons by Jacob Hendel
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-13   $350.00

Rare Set of Six Carlisle Coin Silver Spoons by Jacob Hendel
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Offered is a very rare set of six early American coin silver teaspoons by noted Carlisle clockmaker and silversmith Jacob Hendel. Jacob Hendel (1772-1836) was one of three brothers who made and marked silver, the others being George and Bernard; he was also cousin and nephew to members of the Hall family of silversmiths. Jacob Hendel is primarily known as one of the foremost clockmakers of Carlisle, and a number of his clocks are extant. He was also very involved in community affairs. Jacob... Click for details

Fine Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Hendel, Ca. 1820-36
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-12   $75.00

Fine Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Hendel, Ca. 1820-36
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Offered is a rare early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Carlisle clockmaker and silversmith Jacob Hendel. Jacob Hendel (1772-1836) was one of three brothers who made and marked silver, the others being George and Bernard; he was also cousin and nephew to members of the Hall family of silversmiths. Jacob Hendel is primarily known as one of the foremost clockmakers of Carlisle, and a number of his clocks are extant. He was also very involved in community affairs. Jacob Hendel served as... Click for details

Important Decorated Basket with Flowers Spoon by Thomas Shields c.1770
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-11   $195.00

Important Decorated Basket with Flowers Spoon by Thomas Shields c.1770
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Offered is an important early American coin silver tea or coffee spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Shields (working circa 1765-94). This spoon's decoration, like many of my Philadelphia spoons, was featured in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" (see page 264). The die-struck decoration is certainly very well preserved, as is the maker's mark for Shields. Overall, condition is fair to good, with some tip wear but no dents, splits or repairs. This piece measures about 4 7/8 inches in... Click for details

Unusual Philadelphia Pictureback Teaspoon Circa 1790-1800
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-10   $32.50

Unusual Philadelphia Pictureback Teaspoon Circa 1790-1800
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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver picture back teaspoon with a die-struck decoration to the back of the bowl that is unusual. The decoration is an abstraction of a shell, and almost looks like a splash of water drops or even of stars. This piece is unmarked but is stylistically closely related to marked Philadelphia pieces. This spoon's decoration, like many of my Philadelphia spoons, was featured in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" (see page 259). This spoon is engraved... Click for details

Rare Birdback by John Baptiste Lemaire of Philadelphia Ca. 1782-1806
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-09   Sold

Rare Birdback by John Baptiste Lemaire of Philadelphia Ca. 1782-1806
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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver teaspoon with die-struck birdback decoration and an engraved and decorated handle. This piece bears the rare maker's mark of John Baptiste Lemaire (also going by Benjamin Lemar or Lemaire) of Philadelphia; this man was also master of a fencing academy and at one time Chancellor of the French Consulate in Philadelphia. Lemaire (who may have been related to Matthias Lamar - spelling was not standardized at that time) died around 1806. This spoon... Click for details

Rare Fine Birdback Teaspoon by Henry Andrews of Philadelphia c.1785-99
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-08   Sold

Rare Fine Birdback Teaspoon by Henry Andrews of Philadelphia c.1785-99
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Offered is a lovely and scarce early American coin silver birdback teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Henry Andrews, working circa 1785 to 1800. Little is known about Andrews and little of his work survives, but luckily a gold picture frame, a gold mourning brooch, a beaker and a few spoons are known. This spoon, which measures about 5 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams, features one of the two known birdback designs used by Andrews. The die-struck bird is in very good shape,... Click for details

Exceptional Urn-Back Decorated Spoon by John Germon of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-07   $250.00

Exceptional Urn-Back Decorated Spoon by John Germon of Philadelphia
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Offered is an exceptional early American coin silver dessert spoon or large teaspoon by important Philadelphia silversmith John Germon, working from about 1782 to 1825 or so. This piece measures 6 3/8 inches in length, and weighs about 20 grams, so it is quite a bit larger than typical tea or coffee spoons of the period - it dates to the 1782-95 timeframe by style. However, it could simply be a very large teaspoon. This piece has a finely executed period engraved script monogram, a... Click for details

Important Dessert Spoon by John Beck of Warrior's Mark, PA Ca. 1824-30
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-06   $145.00

Important Dessert Spoon by John Beck of Warrior's Mark, PA Ca. 1824-30
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Offered is an important find - an early American coin silver dessert spoon by John Beck, a silversmith working in Warrior's Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania around 1824-30. This information comes from Metzgar and Whisker's "Pennsylvania Clockmakers and Watchmakers Goldsmiths and Silversmiths - A Checklist". Metzgar and Whisker also cite a reference to an 1887 history of Clarion County, which notes that one John Beck was the first watchmaker there (perhaps the late 1830s to 1840s). I have... Click for details

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1850
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-05   $12.50

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1850
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Offered is a good American coin silver fiddle pattern teaspoon by the well known firm of Robert & William Wilson of Philadelphia. Surprisingly little is known about this firm, despite its prominence and the great numbers of spoons and other pieces that survive bearing one of the firm's marks. This piece measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice piece for a... Click for details

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