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10 Early 19th C. Ezra Whiton Midrib Coin Silver Teaspoons
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2670f   $150.00

10 Early 19th C. Ezra Whiton Midrib Coin Silver Teaspoons
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Dating from early in the 19th century, the "Old English Tipt End" with a midrib design of these ten matching tea or coffee spoons actually harken back to the 18th century.

Each one is stamped "E. Whiton," for Ezra, 1797-1858, working in Boston by 1821.

Measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing 4.0 T. oz. the lot, they all have the same, block letter, again 18th century in style, "A." over "M. B." monograms on the backsides, as well as line drops on the bowls.

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Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by John M. Miksh of Bethlehem, PA
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-05   $25.00

Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by John M. Miksh of Bethlehem, PA
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Offered is a good American coin silver mustard or condiment spoon by noted Bethlehem silversmith John Matthew Miksh, whose biographical information follows a description of the spoon. This piece measures about 4 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. It has a clear maker's mark and engraved initials for several owners. Condition is good with some surface wear but no dents or splits. All in all a good American coin silver mustard spoon with a nice maker's mark! John Matthew Miksh... Click for details

Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George Beatty Ca. 1840-50
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-04   $12.50

Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George Beatty Ca. 1840-50
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Offered is an American coin silver master salt spoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg silversmith and merchant George Beatty. This piece measures about 4 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is only fair, with some ripples in the handle and wear to the surface and bowl. There is no monogram and no obvious sign of erasure. All in all a decent example of Beatty's mark. George Beatty, youngest son of Capt. James Beatty, was born January 4, 1781, at Ballykeel-Ednagonnel,... Click for details

Pair of Norristown, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoons by Washington T. Koplin
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-03   $17.50

Pair of Norristown, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoons by Washington T. Koplin
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Offered is a pair of American coin silver master salt spoons by little-known Norristown, PA silversmith and retailer Washington T. Koplin. These spoons measure about 3 1/2 inches in length on average and weigh a total of 12 grams. The maker's mark is legible on each, and there are no monograms. Condition on one of the spoons is good, with modest wear but no splits or repairs. The other spoon has a tiny hole in the bowl. All in all an interesting example of silver from the Norristown... Click for details

Lovely Pair of Lancaster, PA Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Shaffner
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-01   Sold

Lovely Pair of Lancaster, PA Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Shaffner
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Offered is a good pair of American coin silver teaspoons bearing the mark of John Shaffner of Lancaster, about whom little appears to be known. Shaffner seems to have been more a retailer or merchant than a working silversmith, but must have been successful as there are a fair number of extant spoons and other pieces bearing his mark. He appears to have been in business between about 1825-30 and 1850 or so. This pair of teaspoons has his mark, and each is engraved with a period monogram... Click for details

Good New Castle, PA Coin Silver Spoon by James Cook Hanna
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160319-02   $27.50

Good New Castle, PA Coin Silver Spoon by James Cook Hanna
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon made or retailed by James Cook Hanna of New Castle, Pennsylvania, circa 1850. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It is engraved "RF" in period script and has a well-struck, clear maker's mark. Condition is very good overall, with modest wear and some small bumps to the bowl. All in all a fine piece of Pennsylvania coin silver! James Cook Hanna (1826 - 1898) - Working in New Castle, Lawrence County, PA... Click for details

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Fine American Coin Silver Fiddle Shell Pattern Tablespoon - Lewis Cary
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160313-02   Sold

Fine American Coin Silver Fiddle Shell Pattern Tablespoon - Lewis Cary
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Offered is a lovely American coin silver fiddle and shell pattern table spoon by well-known Boston silversmith Lewis Cary (1798 - 1834), who probably apprenticed under Churchill & Treadwell, and who seems to have operated from about 1821 until 1830. Cary died at the age of 36, presumably from an illness. However, in his short lifespan, he produced a number of high-quality pieces, and this tablespoon is typical of his work. It is large and heavy at 9 inches in length and 62 grams, and it is... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Decorated Turned Handle Spreader Ca. 1860s
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-02   $95.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Decorated Turned Handle Spreader Ca. 1860s
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Offered is a very good and scarce example of an American coin silver turned handle butter knife or spreader, bearing the maker's or retailer's mark of Augustus Shmedtie of Washington, D.C. This pieces measures about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. In addition to the clear, well-struck mark for Shmedtie, it is engraved with decoration to one side of the blade and to the handle, and bears a period script monogram. This knife would most likely date to Shmedtie's early period... Click for details

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-01   $85.00

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
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Offered is a very nice pair of early American coin silver table spoons by silversmith Nathaniel Munroe, and bearing his maker's mark as well as Baltimore assay marks for the year 1821. Baltimore was the only U.S. locality to institute a formal assay office and system, and pieces bearing these marks are coveted. These include a mark denoting the Arms of the State of Maryland, a mark of a male bust, and the dominical letter for the year. The website for the store Imperial Half Bushel, owned by... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160228-03   $60.00

Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
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Offered is a very fine and large early American coin silver dessert spoon by Philadelphia silversmith William Hanse McDowell, working circa 1817 to his death in 1842. McDowell was typically listed in city directories as a watch and clock maker, and silver bearing his mark is exceedingly hard to find. The mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Given the style of the piece and the appearance of an eagle head mark similar to that used by William... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160228-02   $30.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
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Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of Marshall & Smith, listed in the city directory for 1837 as jewelers. Little is known about this partnership, and it isn't even certain which Marshall was the partner. This teaspoon bears a worn but still legible (more so in person) maker's mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. The handle is graced with a shell. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs... Click for details

Gorham "Pointed Antique" Coin Silver Serving Spoon, Old & Rare
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2647f   $115.00

Gorham
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A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl,... Click for details

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160224-01   $125.00

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
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Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is... Click for details

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver "Tipt" Tablespoon
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2643f   $60.00

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David... Click for details

Lincoln & Foss "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2639f   $30.00

Lincoln & Foss
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Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

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Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Rice, Circa 1820s
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-04   Sold

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Rice, Circa 1820s
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Offered is a fine and scarce example of the work of Philadelphia silversmith William C. Rice, whose biographical information appears in Catherine Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Rice is mostly mentioned after 1830, but this spoon appears to have been made earlier, perhaps at the beginning of his career. This spoon has a well-struck maker's mark and is decorated with an engraved period script monogram of "MB". This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details

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