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J. & I. Cox "French Thread" Coin Silver Serving Spoon, Heavy
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2629f   $55.00

J. & I. Cox
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John and James Cox were prominent names among New York City silversmiths during the first half of the 19th century, with partnership dates 1817-53.

This 8 5/8" long, exceptionally heavy at 2.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is a highest order example of manufactured silver of the period, and illustrates the reasons why the Cox name is associated with quality.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." Unadorned save for an elegant, script letter "M. Hughes" monogram on the... Click for details

R. Fisher, Jr., NYC, "French Thread" Coin Sugar Shell
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2623f   $45.00

R. Fisher, Jr., NYC,
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On the surface, a typical piece of its period, this 6 3/16" long sugar spoon, marked "R. Fisher Jr. 331 Broadway. N.Y.," 1846-50, is actually a superior example.

First, its weight is substantial at just over 1.0 T. oz. Second, it is in exceptionally fine estate condition, essentially without wear, and having a bright, even, finish.

The "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern stands alongside many other iterations of this popular design, and the shell bowl is a common form. The... Click for details

Great Set of Six Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoons by Osborn Conrad
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160202-01   $75.00

Great Set of Six Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoons by Osborn Conrad
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Offered is a fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by Philadelphia jeweler and silversmith Osborn Conrad, circa 1840-50. Mr. Conrad's biography can be found in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths." These spoons bear clear maker's marks and a good period engraved script monogram of "HH" - they also bear Conrad's unique "EQUAL TO COIN" standard mark. These spoons measure about 6 1/8 inches in length on average, and weigh a total of about 106 grams. Condition is excellent overall, with... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Large Sterling Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2621f   $165.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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Portraying a young Dionysus, this motif carries through the entire Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, NY, line of "Medallion" flatware.

Teaspoons are commonly found in this pattern, and other pieces somewhat readily so, but this large, 5 7/8" long, weighty 1t 1.6 T. oz., pair of tongs rarely surface.

The arms are mirror images of each other, with the portraiture of a young man set in profile, showing tumbling hair encircled by a garland of ivy. He has a wistful, forward-looking gaze,... Click for details

Fine Crested Coin Silver Cake or Fish Slice, 12 9/16" and 148 Grams
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160131-01   $165.00

Fine Crested Coin Silver Cake or Fish Slice, 12 9/16
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Offered is a very attractive and large American coin silver cake knife or similar server by New York silversmith Albert Coles; this piece is crested with an engraved period armorial of an arm grasping what appear to be wheat ears. This server is hallmarked with Coles' maker's mark and pseudo-hallmarks resembling Georgian English marks in a vague way. This server measures about 12 9/15 inches in length, and weighs 148 grams or so. The blade is finely engraved with a pastoral scene and the... Click for details

Lincoln & Reed, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2619f   On Hold

Lincoln & Reed, Boston,
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Unusually long at 9 3/16" and heavy at nearly 2.4 T. oz., what otherwise presents as a tablespoon is actually serving size.

It is stamped "Lincoln & Reed" for the Boston silversmith and jeweler, 1838-48.

It has an upturned "Tipt" handle that is plain on the front and has a script "R" monogram on the reverse.

There is a clean drop on the bowl and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.

It is in exceptionally fine condition. There is no damage or evidence of wear. There is slight... Click for details

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B.C. Frobisher, Boston, "Sheaf of Wheat" Coin Teaspoon, Choice
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2614f   On Hold

B.C. Frobisher, Boston,
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A stunningly clean example of the "Sheaf of Wheat" motif, this teaspoon measures a lengthy 6" and weighs just over .7 T. oz.

The wheat bundle and sickle remain very sharply defined, retaining all their original detail. There is a feathered script "M" monogram below this. The bowl is flawless, with a clean tip free of any wear, and a lined drop on the backside. Lastly, the finish is lustrous.

It is stamped "B.C. Frobisher." for the well-documented Boston silversmith.

Fine Decorated Cincinnati Coin Silver Spoon by Clemens Oskamp c1854-70
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160124-03   $20.00

Fine Decorated Cincinnati Coin Silver Spoon by Clemens Oskamp c1854-70
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Offered is a very finely decorated American coin silver teaspoon by Cincinnati silversmith and jeweler Clemens Oskamp, and bearing his maker's mark. This spoon is nicely engraved M.McM and is in very good condition, with only modest wear and no major dents, and no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a fine piece of Cincinnati coin silver for display or daily use!

Fayette, Missouri or Lyons, Iowa Coin Silver Spoon - John H. Potts
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160124-02   $22.50

Fayette, Missouri or Lyons, Iowa Coin Silver Spoon - John H. Potts
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Offered is a good example of early Midwestern coin silver, a teaspoon marked and perhaps made by clock and watch maker, jeweler, silversmith and dentist John H. Potts, working in Fayette, Missouri in the 1840s, and possibly in Lyons, Iowa by the 1850s. Potts was a working jeweler at least into the late 1860s, though I haven't fully researched him. He was in partnership with Henry W. Kring around 1841 in Fayette. An advertisement in the the "Boon's Lick Times" of Fayette, Missouri in 1844... Click for details

Coin Silver Twist Handle Olive Spoon & Fork, Mid 19th Century
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2613f   $90.00

Coin Silver Twist Handle Olive Spoon & Fork, Mid 19th Century
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This item embraces a form especially popular in the 1860s. It is a combination olive spoon and fork, joined by a long, narrow and twisted, handle.

Measuring 9 7/8" overall and weighing approximately 1.1 T. oz., it has a central disk which in this case is inscribed with an Old English "M.E.F." monogram.

The fork end has three tines and hooked shoulders, while the pierced spoon bowl is scallop shell shaped. At 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", the bowl is uncommonly large for this form.

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Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon - William P. Denehey, Circa 1867
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20130123-02   $25.00

Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon - William P. Denehey, Circa 1867
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Offered is a good heavy American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Harrisburg jeweler William P. Denehey (biography follows a description of the spoon), and manufacturer's marks probably for Watts of Philadelphia. This piece measures six inches in length and weighs a heavy 20 grams. There is a period engraved script monogram. Condition is excellent, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece with a scarce Pennsylvania mark! William P. Denehey (1842 - 1925)... Click for details

Coin Silver Teaspoon by Lucas Ryerson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160123-01   Sold

Coin Silver Teaspoon by Lucas Ryerson
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Offered is a scarce example of the work of little-known silversmith Lucas Ryerson (1771 - 1855). Ryerson was born and died in New Jersey, but his exact working dates and locations are something of a mystery. He is often described as having spent the majority of his working life in York, PA, moving back to New Jersey only around 1840 to continue working as a silversmith and clockmaker. However, this seems to be contradicted by the known events and listings in his life that took place largely... Click for details

Benjamin Lord, Vermont and Georgia, Long, Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2584f   $34.00

Benjamin Lord, Vermont and Georgia, Long, Coin Silver Teaspoon
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An unusual size at 6 1/2" long, this spoon is marked "B[enjamin]. Lord." It weighs just over .6 T. oz.

Sources indicate that Lord was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1770, was working in Rutland, Vermont, in 1797, and finally in Athens, Georgia, from 1831 until his death.

The style of this is early 19th century and likely dates from his Vermont years, but could trace to his Athens period.

It is very finely made, having a broad end with an extremely narrow shank. It and the... Click for details

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160110-01   $225.00

Early Georgian Sterling Silver Onslow Pattern Stuffing Spoon c.1768-73
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Offered is a fine and rare example of a period George III "Onslow" or "Scroll" pattern stuffing or platter spoon, sometimes also called a gravy spoon. This pattern is highly sought after, to the point that there are many later alterations out there. However, those spoons are not generally joined in the same way the period Onslow serving pieces were; a period spoon should have a scarf joint joining the cast scroll end to the stem, as this spoon does (see pictures). And, this spoon bears the... Click for details

Fine John Polhemus Empire Pattern Coin Silver Table Fork, 7 7/8", 46g
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160108-01   On Hold

Fine John Polhemus Empire Pattern Coin Silver Table Fork, 7 7/8
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Offered is a fine and well-preserved American coin silver table fork by John Polhemus, in the Empire pattern, patented 1857. The fork bears Polhemus' manufacturer's marks, as well as the retailer's mark of Thomas C. Garrett of Philadelphia. This fork is in very good condition, with very little tine wear and minimal knife marks to the tines. This fork has a period engraved script monogram of "LM" which is finely done. All in all a lovely example!

Cake knife marked Hyde & Goodrich, New Orleans, circa 1850's
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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5232   $425.00

Cake knife marked Hyde & Goodrich, New Orleans, circa 1850's
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Marked on blade. One side of blade elaborately carved with leaves, building, sailboat. Upper edge of blade saw-toothed. Solid handle, thread, tipt.Length 9-3/8". Weight 3.6 troy ounces. Overall and mark condition are excellent

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