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Durgin "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2969f   $24.00


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Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Tipt" Coin Serving Spoon Engraved "Mary"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2968f   $42.00


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Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Pudding Serving Spoon 1860s
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2965f   $125.00


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Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon.

An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor... Click for details

Bigelow Bros. & Kennard "Tipt" 1859 Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2960f   $38.00


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Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "French Thread" Coin Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2956f   $90.00


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Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz. the pair, these items are early production examples made by the prominent 19th century, New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

Matching pieces, they are to a coin silver standard and both are stamped with the firm's "W&H" emblem. One also has a small "v" emblem which is likely a journeyman's mark.

The pattern is a "French, aka Fiddle, Thread." Each one has a fancy, feathered script "SA" monogram set... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver Turned Handle Spreader, William H. Gage of Quincy, IL
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161231-04   $39.50


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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 William H. Gage, working in Quincy, Illinois in the 1860s and 1870s. This pieces measures about 7 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. In addition to the clear, well-struck mark for Gage, it is engraved with decoration to one side of the blade and to the handle, and bears a period engraved monogram. This piece is in very good condition,... Click for details

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Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161231-01   $295.00


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Offered is a good and scarce American coin silver soup ladle from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider coin silver items from these towns to be Southern coin silver due to the sympathies of many of the inhabitants.

This piece is marked with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington... Click for details

Set 8 Hovey, Parker & Co., Manchester NH, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2944f   $100.00


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A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped,... Click for details

James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2942f   $135.00


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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"... Click for details

Tankard by Benjamin Burt, Boston, last half 18th century
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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5289   $4,700.00


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Full name mark on each side of handle. Raised straight sides tapering to molded rim, incised lines below. applied half-round midband. Molded baseband. Center point on bottom. Shaped and molded plate on handle for five-part hinge. Bezel soldered within. Flame finial soldered to dome. Hollow single scroll handle with rounded body drop and elliptical convex disc at lower joining, and small vent hole near disc. Height to finial 9".Diameter of mouth 4-1/4";of base 5-3/8". Weight 27 troy ounces.... Click for details

J. L. Westervelt "Floral" 8 Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2930f   $160.00


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Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles,... Click for details

Pair Gorham "Medallion" Circa 1865 Coin Silver Wine Goblets
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2911f   $775.00


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Each of these footed drinking vessels measures 5 1/4" high, has a top span of 2 3/4", and a base diameter of 2 7/16". One weighs 3.9 T. oz., and the other 4.1 T. oz.

Made by Gorham circa 1865, they are coin silver and stamped with that company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the undersides.

They are identical except for the round, applied medallion that adorns the wall of each piece. One of these has a female figure and the other a male figure. These are cast, very finely executed,... Click for details

Rare Early 19th Century Philadelphia Teaspoon - David Kelley c.1810-15
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-08   Sold


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Offered is a scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler David Kelley, whose biographical information appears following the description of this piece. This piece is decorated with a lovely period engraved script monogram of "AK" and bears a well-struck maker's mark for Kelley. This is only the second Kelley spoon I've come across. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is fair at best with a lot of dings and... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Jacob Stockman of Philadelphia c1832-50
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-02   $12.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver salt spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Stockman, working alone and in partnership circa 1819 to 1850 as a silversmith and pencil and thimble maker, and from 1850-55 as a pencil-maker and jeweler. This spoon probably dates to the 1832-50 period by style; Stockman was working alone during this period and produced much of his work then. This piece bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 3 3/4... Click for details

Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-01   $25.00


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Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

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