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L. Heck, Lancaster, PA, 18th Century Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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2866f   $46.00

L. Heck, Lancaster, PA, 18th Century Coin Silver Tablespoon
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This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz., table or place spoon is marked "L. Heck" for Lewis or Ludwig. The volume "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania" by Vivian Gerstell lists his dates as 1755-1817, first showing up in tax records in 1778.

Gerstell also notes that he "held various positions in the community," indicating he was a person of standing and good reputation, and she illustrates both hollow and flatware made by him.

This piece dates late eighteenth century. It is a "Pointed... Click for details

Tifft & Whiting Engine Turned Paneled "Pure Coin Silver" Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2863f   This item is currently being auctioned

Tifft & Whiting Engine Turned Paneled
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The Whiting Manufacturing Company, which eventually became one of the premier American silver manufacturers of the 19th century, had its origins in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1840 as "Tifft & Whiting," and operated under that name until 1853.

This 3 3/16" tall to the rim, 3 5/8" to the top of the handle, 2 11/16" top diameter, 3.2 T. oz., mug traces to that early firm. It bears the company imprint on the underside, which is a "rooster, T&W, and raised arm holding hammer" emblem,... Click for details

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

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20161002-01   $120.00

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
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Offered is a superb example of the "Basket of Flowers" style of coin silver, in the form of a large pair of sugar tongs dating to around 1825-35. This pair of tongs measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs 46 grams. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece has a period script monogram of what appears to be "AH" and is marked on each arm by silversmith C.HASTINGS, who I haven't found anything about. Most of these tongs were marked by silversmiths or retailers... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160923-03   $17.50

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr.
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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver teaspoon by silversmith William Baily, Jr., bearing a specimen example of his early mark, with the Jr. being used while his father (also a silversmith) was still alive. This piece probably dates prior to 1835. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fair, with some dimpling to the bowl and some ripples in the handle, but no splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of Philadelphia silver!

Gorham & Co. "Bead" Solid Sterling Silver Youth Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2850f   $46.00

Gorham & Co.
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This 7 3/8" long, slightly over 1.0 T. oz., youth knife is an early example of "Bead."

It is stamped "Gorham & Co.," "Patent 1861" and "Coin" on the backside of the blade, and is engraved "Bertha" in Old English lettering on the front of the handle.

Solid silver, it has a flat handle and blunt end blade. The pattern is raised and appears on both sides of the handle.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear and with a blade that is free of nicks or burrs. There are... Click for details

Henry Hebbard "Grecian" Coin Silver Figural Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2842f   $150.00

Henry Hebbard
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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the... Click for details

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Tiffany "Olive" Flat Handle Coin Silver Tea Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2836f   $50.00

Tiffany
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that... Click for details

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-04   $57.50

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce or cream ladle measuring about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 32 grams, engraved with an armorial of a hound's head erased, issuing from a coronet. This piece bears the maker's mark of Platt & Brothers, silversmiths of New York City, NY, working circa 1836-46 with a shop at 12 Maiden Lane. Crested American coin silver is comparatively uncommon but was especially popular in New York City and in Baltimore. This ladle is in very good... Click for details

Westervelt Engraved "Medallion" Coin Silver Twist Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2834f   $85.00

Westervelt Engraved
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A combination of a die struck pattern and a "Medallion" design, this master butter knife measures 7 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

Made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, c. 1863, the handle is in his drooping leaf or wreath with acanthus leaf detailing design.

The blade is set at a twisted right angle to the handle and is engraved and engine turned on both sides. In addition, the front features an engraved warrior head.

Westervelt offered a primary line with this... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, Immaculate
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2831f   $295.00

Wood & Hughes
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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in... Click for details

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2830f   $90.00

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been... Click for details

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160828-01   $55.00

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
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Offered is a very good American coin silver table spoon by Wilmington silversmith James Guthre (1796-1877), who was working by about 1820 and continued to work for a fairly long period of time. Guthre was fairly prolific and this tablespoon is a good example of his work. It bears a clear strike of his maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram of JPJ. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 58 grams. Condition overall is good, with a very... Click for details

H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver "Tipt" Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2822f   $34.00

H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver
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A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on... Click for details

Scarce Early Frankford (Philadelphia) Spoon by Samuel Huckel, c1818-30
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160820-05   Sold

Scarce Early Frankford (Philadelphia) Spoon by Samuel Huckel, c1818-30
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Offered is a rare example of the work of Frankford (in NE Philadelphia) clock and watch maker and silversmith Samuel Huckel (b. 1798 - d. 1883). This teaspoon by style should date to the early part of Huckel's career, circa 1818-30. His silver flatware is very hard to find, and the mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a good clear maker's mark and features... Click for details

Pair of Early Chicago Coin Silver Spoons c1850-54 by Samuel Hoard & Co
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160820-01   $32.50

Pair of Early Chicago Coin Silver Spoons c1850-54 by Samuel Hoard & Co
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Offered is a good pair of earlier Chicago coin silver spoons, bearing the mark of Samuel Hoard & Co., in business at 117 Lake St. from about 1850 to 1854. Chicago silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers are not widely documented, and it is always a treat to find silver bearing their marks. These teaspoons also each have a period engraved script monogram. They measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and the pair weighs a total of about 28 grams. Condition overall is good, with modest... Click for details

Maine Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Albert Titcomb, Ca. 1823-46
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20160814-10   $22.50

Maine Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Albert Titcomb, Ca. 1823-46
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Offered is a nice little American coin silver master salt spoon by silversmith Albert Titcomb (1802 - 1890), who was working in Portland, ME between about 1823-35 alone and between 1835-46 in partnership with Philip Titcomb in Portland. After 1846, Albert continued to work as a silversmith, but moved his shop to Bangor and worked there until about 1880. This piece was almost certainly made during Albert's Portland years, and the mark of TITCOMB in a serrated punch could have been used by him... Click for details

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