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Cann by Jacob Hurd, Boston, 1740-1750
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Gebelein  
5172   $10,600.00

Cann by Jacob Hurd, Boston, 1740-1750
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Kane mark F. Double scroll handle. Height 4-7/8". Diameter of mouth 3"; of base 3-3/8". Weight 12.2 troy ounces. Original monogram MT in block letters on handle. Later script monogram "H.J.Little 1849" on front for Hall Jackson Little, bookseller of Portland, ME. Owned by same family from at least 1849 to us. MT may be for Mary Thurston, a collateral ancestor born in 1746. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Albert Coles "Bead" Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Old Friends  
2329f   $38.00

Albert Coles
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Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are no mars or... Click for details

Eight Matching c. 1865 Boston Sterling Place Forks
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Old Friends  
2316f   $250.00

Eight Matching c. 1865 Boston Sterling Place Forks
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Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition. There is slight... Click for details

"Bow" or "Ribbon" Coin Silver Engraved Pastry Fork
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Old Friends  
2300f   $38.00


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This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the... Click for details

C. & A.W. Johnson, Albany, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
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Old Friends  
2284f   $38.00

C. & A.W. Johnson, Albany,
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ... Click for details

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141113-01   $35.00

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
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Offered is a very scarce example of the work of little-known silversmith Horace P. Woodbridge, who appears to have worked in St. Louis around 1835. His mark is known on at least one piece that also bears a city mark of ST.LOUIS. See "Missouri's Silver Age" by Norman Mack, page 150. Mr. Woodbridge apparently died young at age 47; it is unknown how long he was able to make or mark silver. This salt spoon is quite small at about 3 1/2 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is... Click for details

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J.C. Farnsworth, Boston, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
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2276f   $25.00

J.C. Farnsworth, Boston,
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This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in... Click for details

Pr. of tablespoons by Wm. Kendrick, KY
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Gebelein  
4260   $100.00

Pr. of tablespoons by Wm. Kendrick, KY
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Fiddle, upturned handles, chamfered finsength 8-3/4", tipt, drop. Length 8-3/4". Wt. of pair 3.15 troy ounces. The monogram is a lengthwise script JEBP. Overall and mark condition are excellent (minor dents in bowls).

Circa 1860 Twist Handle Philadelphia Coin Soup Ladle
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2274f   $275.00

Circa 1860 Twist Handle Philadelphia Coin Soup Ladle
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This 11 1/2" long, just under 4.2 T. oz., soup ladle incorporates several particularly appealing elements favored in mid 19th century American silver originating in sophisticated urban centers. In that regard, while marked only "Coin," the style of this piece rather conclusively suggests a Philadelphia source such as James Watts or one of his contemporaries.

It has a robust, twisted shank with a broad, scalloped edge, terminal. This is artfully engraved and bright cut in a period design... Click for details

Fine Silver Beaker by John Aitken of Phila. c.1780-1808
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141101-02   $495.00

Fine Silver Beaker by John Aitken of Phila. c.1780-1808
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver beaker by Philadelphia silversmith John Aitken, working in that city from at least 1780 through about 1808. Aitken's biography is given in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" and elsewhere. This beaker is graced with a very well executed period script monogram, the large size of which indicates a likely earlier date for the beaker, perhaps around 1780-95. The maker's mark is also legible. This beaker or julep cup measures about 3 inches to the... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy Engraved" Sterling Dessert Spoon
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2267f   $65.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is... Click for details

coin silver water pitcher, fire fighting interest
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2201   Sold

coin silver water pitcher, fire fighting interest
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height 12 3/8 inches to top of handle; 11 1/2 to top of spout, eight lobed body with ornate floral chasing and helmet spout, weight 26 Troy ounces, some light wear to high points and a few very minor dents (these will not photograph) but fine overall condition, engraved "Presented by the Fire Department of Williamsburgh to Andrew B. Hodges, ESq., late Chief Engineere, as a Testament of their respect for his gentlemanly deportment which characterized him while in the discharge of his duty, Oct... Click for details

Philadelphia Teaspoon by Moore & Ferguson Circa 1801-04
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141027-02   $25.00

Philadelphia Teaspoon by Moore & Ferguson Circa 1801-04
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Offered is a nice early American coin silver teaspoon by the short lived partnership of Philadelphia silversmiths Charles Moore and John Ferguson, working as Moore & Ferguson between 1801 and 1804. This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fair, with some surface scratching and modest tip wear and light dimpling, but no splits or repairs. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine example of... Click for details

Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141027-01   Sold

Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
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Offered is a fine early 19th Century American coin silver spoon by noted Baltimore silversmith Littleton Holland, bearing assay marks for either 1817 or 1823 (identical marks and probably the same dies were used for those two years). More information on Baltimore's short-lived assay system appears below. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and hallmarks, and an engraved period script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair... Click for details

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh (Micksch)
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141023-01   $22.50

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh (Micksch)
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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh or Micksh of Bethlehem, PA. This piece is a little over 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon has a good clear mark and a well-executed period script monogram, as well as an early script engraved mono to the reverse. Condition is fair overall, though the bowl has two small splits (pictured) and is somewhat out of round. All in all a nice piece with a great maker's mark! Biographical... Click for details

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141021-02   $35.00

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Offered is a very fine early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg craftsman George Beatty. Beatty seems to have focused mainly on clocks, and his silver generally bears the "Philadelphia Eagle" manufacturer's mark, thought to have been in use between 1825 and 1850. Biographical information on Mr. Beatty follows the description of this piece. This spoon is engraved "R.McClure" in period script and has good legible mark. It measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and... Click for details

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