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Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon - James B. Fidler Circa 1850s
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-04   Sold

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon - James B. Fidler Circa 1850s
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Offered is a good American coin silver tea spoon by Philadelphia jeweler and retailer James B. Fidler, circa the 1850s. This piece bear's Fidler's mark and an address mark that matches that of the Cassidy and Cassidy & Ball pieces just listed in separate listings. Apparently this address held workshop or retailer space that was in demand in the jeweler community. This teaspoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It bears a period engraved script monogram and... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Cassidy & Ball, Circa 1858-61
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-03   Sold

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Cassidy & Ball, Circa 1858-61
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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Philadelphia partnership of Cassidy & Ball circa 1858-61. This piece bears one of James Watts' manufacturer's marks. It features clear marks and period engraved script monogram. This spoon measures just under 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fair overall with some dents in the bowl, but no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of this partnership's wares!

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1846-58 - William W. Cassidy
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-02   Sold

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1846-58 - William W. Cassidy
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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Philadelphia jeweler William Cassidy, who was working alone from 1846-58, in the partnership of Cassidy & Ball circa 1858-61, and alone again to about 1871. This piece bears one of James Watts' manufacturer's marks, and as such the piece probably dates to the 1846-58 time period. This piece features clear marks and period engraved script "JPG" monogram. It measures just under 6 inches in length and weighs about 18... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1820-30 by William Drysdale
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-01   $35.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1820-30 by William Drysdale
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Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the rare maker's mark of silversmith and clockmaker William Drysdale (working in Philadelphia circa 1816-56), who despite his long working life left little of his work to posterity. The mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Hollan, and I've not seen another example. This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It features a clear maker's mark, a floret mark... Click for details

Vanderslice, San Francisco, "Comstock" Coin Silver Fish Slice, Mint
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2991f   $265.00

Vanderslice, San Francisco,
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A large item measuring a full 12" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the early years of silver manufacturing on the US West Coast.

Made by San Francisco's Vanderslice & Co., and so marked, along with "Pat. Sep. 1874," the pattern name is "Comstock," which references the monumental ore find in Nevada that fueled a surge in silver manufacturing in the United States.

The design is Renaissance Revival in orientation and reflects as well the Victorian... Click for details

Crichton, London 1912, Pistol Grip Sterling Silver Knife, One of Three
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2983f   $46.00

Crichton, London 1912, Pistol Grip Sterling Silver Knife, One of Three
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for premier 20th century, English silversmith Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip. ... Click for details

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R&W Wilson "French Thread" Large Coin Dinner Forks, One of Four
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2982f   $54.00

R&W Wilson
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Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size.

It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on the front and back sides of the handle.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. ... Click for details

Pair of Scarce Coin Silver Tablespoons by Theodore LeHuray
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-03   $87.50

Pair of Scarce Coin Silver Tablespoons by Theodore LeHuray
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Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver table spoons by Philadelphia merchant and jeweler Theodore LeHuray, circa 1846-51. These tablespoons are rare survivors in that Theodore only went into the jewelry and silversmithing business for a few years, after his father (Nicholas LeHuray, Jr.) died in 1846. His attempt to carry on the family firm under his own name appears to have been unsuccessful, and he soon turned to other pursuits. The maker's mark of T LE HURAY in conjoined boxes is... Click for details

Pair of John McMullin Coin Silver Teaspoons w/Rare "J.M'MULLIN" Mark
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-02   $65.00

Pair of John McMullin Coin Silver Teaspoons w/Rare
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Offered is an excellent and scarce pair of American coin silver tea spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith John McMullin, each bearing one of his rarest maker's marks - J.M'MULLIN in a rectangular punch. Mr. McMullin was successful and prolific, and had numerous maker's marks over his long career, but only one used a "J" for his first initial, rather than an "I". In about fifteen years of collecting Philadelphia silver specifically, these are the only examples of this maker's mark I was able... Click for details

F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips
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2980f   $65.00

F. Tinkham, NYC,
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This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of... Click for details

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-01   $30.00

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
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Offered is an excellent and very well preserved American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Lewis Quandale, circa the second quarter of the 19th Century. This piece is in really nice condition overall, with only modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs; it has a mint condition maker's mark. This piece has a lovely period engraved script initial "V". It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. All in all an excellent example of this man's wares!

Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-11   $35.00

Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
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Offered is an excellent and desirable American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and shell pattern by noted Philadelphia jewelers and silversmiths Thibault & Brothers, working in that town circa 1810-37. By style, this spoon probably dates to 1820 or later. This piece has a good engraved period script monogram and a well-struck, clear maker's mark. The die-struck shell decoration is relatively unworn. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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2977f   $55.00

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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A 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this spoon is stamped "dot F.&H dot" for one of Boston's premier silver manufacturing firms of the mid 19th century.

It is also imprinted "Pure Coin," which was a silver standard term used in New England in the period.

It has a downturned, "Reverse Tipt" handle that is elegantly engraved on the front in a design that is similar enough to Knowles' of nearby Providence, Rhode Island, die struck "Coronet" as perhaps to share a commonality of... Click for details

Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-10   $22.50

Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
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Offered is a nice American coin silver long-handled salt spoon or condiment spoon, circa 1810-30, marked D.OLIVER in a rectangular punch. This mark is attributed by Ensko to a Daniel Oliver of Philadelphia, circa 1805, but Hollan was unable to uncover any objective evidence supporting this attribution for her book "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Nonetheless, the mark on this spoon was included in the book for discussion purposes. I have not been able to locate any additional information on this... Click for details

Good 18th Century Style Coin Silver Spoon by Henry McKeen of Phila.
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-09   $25.00

Good 18th Century Style Coin Silver Spoon by Henry McKeen of Phila.
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Offered is an interesting American coin silver teaspoon by Henry McKeen of Philadelphia, working as a watchmaker and silversmith in that town between about 1823 and 1861. This piece is in a late 18th or very early 19th Century style, and is not typical of McKeen's usual fiddle pattern spoons. It may have been made to match an earlier English or American set of spoons. In any event, it is the Old English style, and has a period script monogram consistent with spoons of that generation. The... Click for details

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Alexander C. Morin, Ca. 1820
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-08   Sold

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Alexander C. Morin, Ca. 1820
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Offered is a good American coin silver tea spoon by Alexander C. Morin, a Philadelphia silversmith who was born on French territory and was a refugee from Santo Domingo after uprisings there. He was in business in Philadelphia by 1813 and worked for many years, though silver bearing his maker's mark is surprisingly scarce. This mark is perhaps his earliest and is rather crude compared to his other main maker's mark. This piece has earlier and more florid engraving with regard to the monogram... Click for details

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