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Six Bigelow, Kennard & Co. "Beaded Antique" Sterling Silver Tea Knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3747f   $250.00


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Variously referred to as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this flat handle, solid silver blade, form was employed during the middle of the 19th century, supplanted in the later 19th century by hollow handle knives such are still in use today.

This grouping, dating circa 1865, each measures 7 3/4" long, with the six combined weighing a relatively heavy 9.6 T. oz.

Stamped "Bigelow, Kennard & Co." for the prominent Boston firm, and "925" for sterling, these have a form of "Bead" pattern... Click for details

Henry Hebbard (Whiting) "Mask" Coin Silver Mustard Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3744f   $65.00


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A pattern developed by New York City's Henry Hebbard, "Mask" eventually became a standard line offered by Whiting.

This 5 1/4" long, just over .6 T. oz., mustard ladle is an early production piece marked "H.H." for Hebbard, "Patent 1859," "5," and with the name of the retailer, New York's "A. Rumrill & Co."

A period piece with gadroon and leaf detailing similar to "Armor" by Hebbard's sometimes partner John Polhamus, and another kindred pattern by contemporaneous John Wendt, Hebbard's... Click for details

Pair of Coin Silver Dessert Spoons by Baldwin Gardiner of New York
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190107-02   Sold


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Offered is a good pair of American coin silver dessert spoons by well-known New York silversmith Baldwin Gardiner (1791-1868), who flourished in the 1830s and 1840s - the period of these spoons. Each spoon bears Gardiner's maker's mark and a set of pseudo-hallmark type manufacturer's marks. Each spoon is also expertly engraved with a lovely monogram in period script. These spoons measure just under seven inches in length and weigh about 63 grams altogether. Condition is fair to good, with... Click for details

Nice Philadelphia-Style Fiddle Pattern Coin Silver Dessert/Salad Fork
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190107-01   Sold


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Offered is a very useful American coin silver table fork, measuring about seven inches in length and weighing about 42 grams, circa 1840-60. This piece is probably a dessert or salad fork given the size, and is Philadelphia in style (pointed shoulders, general proportions, etc.), and probably manufactured there. This piece is marked only COIN and was likely intended to get a jeweler's or other retailer's mark added, but for whatever reason that either never happened, or it was struck so... Click for details

Andrew Warner ONSLOW variant mustard spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2381   $90.00


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Baltimore circa 1860, length five inches, weight .52 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition. Please see third photo for mark. Gilding appears to be original but there is no way to know this, for sure.

This pattern is not common in American silver of the 19th century.

Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3741f   On Hold


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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the... Click for details

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Very Rare Texas Coin Silver Master Butter Knife by Adolph Bahn & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20190106-01   Sold


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Offered is a very rare example of early Texas coin silver - a master butter knife bearing the marks A.BAHN&Co. and COIN, for Adolph Bahn & Co., working in Galveston and then in Austin (see below for biographical information). This piece is engraved "Chaffee" in period script, and perhaps could be traced to the original family given the populations of Galveston and Austin at the time. The maker's mark is a little rubbed but still legible. This piece measures about 7 5/8 inches in length and... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" Large Coin Silver Pierced Blade Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3729f   $165.00


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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with... Click for details

O. Rich, Boston, 1852 "Louisa C. Johnson" Large Coin Silver Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3722f   $345.00


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Standing 3 9/16" to the rim, 3 3/4" to the highest point at the tip of the handle, with a tapered body that is 3 3/8" wide at the top opening and 2 7/8" across on the base, and weighing 6.0 T. oz., this mug is exceptionally large.

It is marked on the underside "O[badiah]. Rich," "Boston," and "fine," indicating coin silver.

Rich (1809-88) was a Boston silversmith who left a considerable legacy in his work. Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers notes,... Click for details

Albert Coles coin silver christening cup
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2375   Sold


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height 3 1/2: diameter 3 inches, weight 4.0 Troy ounces, excellent original condition, monogrammed "RCC Dec 30th, 1863".

The engine turned work on this mug is of above average quality.

Vincent Laforme & Bro., Boston, c. 1851 Repousse Coin Silver Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3715f   $325.00


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This 3" high to the rim, 3 3/4" to the top of the handle, 2 5/8" top diameter, 4.3 T. oz., coin silver mug has identifiers that closely date it.

Stamped "Crosby & Brown" for the retailer that operated 1851-52, it is also imprinted "V.L.&B.," for significant Boston silversmith Vincent Laforme & Brother, active 1850-54.

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts holds a pitcher attributed to him, with extensive notes about the piece and maker available online, including this biographical detail,... Click for details

Gould, Stowell & Ward, Baltimore, "Grape" 11-12 Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3711f   $165.00


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Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background... Click for details

E.A. Tyler, New Orleans, "Keystone" Solid Sterling Silver Crumber
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3704f   $235.00


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A Bostonian by birth who apprenticed in Belfast, Maine for four years beginning when he was nineteen, Edward A. Tyler subsequently (1838) established himself and a successful business in New Orleans, Louisiana, which operation became "large and at one time or another employed a number of silversmiths." (Biographical material sourced from Crescent City Silver published by The Historic New Orleans Collection.)

This item, which is stamped "E.A. Tyler," along with "Sterling," and... Click for details

Bailey & Co., George Sharp, Repousse w/Greek Key Coin Silver Ewer
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3701f   $345.00


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A lofty item, this ewer (pitcher) stands 8 3/4" tall to the highest point of the lip, rests on a pedestal base that is 3 3/16" in diameter, and weighs approximately 9.0 T. oz.

It dates from the mid 19th century and carries multiple marks, which include "Bailey & Co. Chestnut St. Phila." in an arc around "136," which was the number for the building the firm occupied 1848-56. Additionally, there is a "lion, S, shield" pseudo hallmark flanked by two more lions.

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Pair R.&W. Wilson, Philadelphia, "Tipt" End Coin Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3698f   $34.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge... Click for details

J. & I. Cox , New York, Pair "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3693f   $24.00


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This pair of 5 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz. combined, coin silver teaspoons are marked "J & I C & C" for the partnership of brothers John and James Cox who worked during the second quarter of the 19th century, from 1817 on, and was continued by John after James' death in 1852.

The style suggests a date from early in their history. They have slender shanks, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," ends, and exposed drops on the heel reverses.

Each one is engraved in a fancy, feathered script, "TM" monogram... Click for details

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