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Oversized claw end coin silver tongs, George Bechtel,
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2325   $275.00


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Philadelphia circa 1867, length nine inches, weight 4.06 Troy ounces, excellent condition, with massive realistically cast claw ends; bright cut and engine turned decoration, monogrammed "m".

We've owned many similar tongs over the years, but these are distinguished by the cross hatched detail inside the grasping area, which is both pleasing to the eye and practical for levitating your ice cubes.

A. Hanford, Peekskill NY, 1820-30 Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Old Friends  
3521f   $35.00


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Tracing to the lower Hudson River Valley and dating to the third decade of the 19th century, this coin silver tablespoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

It is stamped "A. Hanford," who worked in Peekskill, New York, 1820-30. Documentation about him is scant--for instance, no references offer a first name--and examples of his work are not particularly common.

This has a broad, fiddle shaped with down turned and rounded end, handle. There is a very slight hint of a... Click for details

Gorham coin silver cream jug model number 70
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2323   $195.00


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engine turned decoration and C scroll handle with integral cast floral support, height 4 3/4 to top and 5 3/4 inches across handle to spout, weight 6.92 Troy ounces, some minor dents and unhappy handle join (shown in fourth enlargement) but very good looking nonetheless. Engraved "Mary Mitlacker Brehme / From her Grandmother."

We have always been fond of Gorham's first high style designs, especially those in the manner of Mary Todd Lincoln's tea service.

Pr. Queen's Pattern Coin Silver Dessert Forks - Harris, Stanwood & Co.
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180527-03   Sold


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Offered is a lovely pair of circa 1846 Queen's pattern coin silver dessert forks, measuring about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighing about 58 grams for the pair. These forks are marked with the retailer's mark of Harris, Stanwood & Co. of Boston (working circa 1842-47) and manufacturer's marks of Gale & Hughes, with a pattern mark for 1846. Each fork is also engraved "P" in period script lettering to the reverse. These forks are small but heavy, and although both forks have sings of use... Click for details

Fine Pennsylvania Coin Silver Tablespoon by Henry Kessler of Reading
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180527-02   Sold


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Offered is a fine and heavy early American coin silver table spoon by noted Reading, PA jeweler Henry Kessler, working in that town from about 1850-82. This piece appears to date from the 1850s, and bears Kessler's mark and a town mark for Reading. This piece measures about 8 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is engraved in period script, and the monogram may be SAD, SD or perhaps SN. Condition on this piece is very good, with one minor and shallow ding, but no splits or... Click for details

TB & Co. "Kings," Newark, NJ, Heavy Coin Table Serving Spoon
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3506f   $85.00


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Impressively heavy, indeed massive, this 8 5/8" long table or serving spoon weighs just over 3.1 T. oz.

It is a double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, coin silver, "Kings" design, with the name "M. Higbie" inscribed on the front in cursive lettering, and a shell design on the backside heel of the bowl.

Stamped "T.B & Co." and with a three part, "bust-lion-D" hallmark, it appears to trace to Taylor & Baldwin of Newark, New Jersey, with a late 1830s date... Click for details

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Chamberstick by S.Kirk&Son, Baltimore, 3rd quarter 19th C.
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Gebelein  
5402   $650.00


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Marked 11 OZ. Thumbpiece. 1/2" floral decoration applied around the edge. Diameter 6-1/4". Height (to top of candle holder) 1-1/2". Weight 10 troy ounces (very heavy). Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Child's cup by Taylor&Lawrie, Philadelphia, circa 1840
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Gebelein  
5401   $260.00


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Applied floral base, single scroll handle. Retailed by Bailey&Kitchen, Phila. Height to handle 3-1/2". Height to lip 2-11/16". Mouth diameter 3". Base diameter 2-3/8". The monogram is a script ECM on the lower front (could be erased). Overall and mark condition are excellent.

N. Harding "Grape" Pure Coin Mid 19th C. Large Serving Spoon
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3502f   $215.00


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A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately... Click for details

Tenney, NYC, "Fiddle Thread" Crested Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
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3499f   $40.00


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A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

This has an engraved "eagle head" crest in lieu... Click for details

Samuel Hildeburn, Philadelphia, Early 19th C. Coin Siver Tablespoon
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3498f   $42.00


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Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways... Click for details

Pair of Richmond, VA Coin Silver Table Spoons Circa 1840-60
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180501-03   Sold


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Offered is a pair of Southern coin silver tablespoons by the noted and prolific Richmond, Virginia firm of Mitchell & Tyler. Each of these tablespoons bears an engraved period script monogram, and a well-struck maker's mark. These spoons measure about 8 3/8 inches to 8 1/2 inches in length, and weigh a total of about 111 grams. Condition is fair, with the bowls being a bit out of round and with some small dings, and light tip wear, but with no splits or repairs. All in all a nice pair, good... Click for details

Kentucky Coin Silver Tablespoon by Warham P. Loomis, Frankfort
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20180501-02   Sold


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Offered is a nice Southern coin silver tablespoon in a specific variation of the fiddle pattern with flared shoulders and pointed end that I've observed only in Kentucky pieces. This piece is engraved with a worn period script family name, and is marked only W.P.LOOMIS, for the Frankfort, KY silversmith, jeweler and watchmaker. He seems to have first appeared in Frankfort around 1809, and was born in Massachusetts circa 1794. This tablespoon, measuring about 8 3/4 inches in length and... Click for details

Fine Ohio Silver Dessert Spoon w/Shaped Eagle Maker's Mark - S. Robb
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180501-01   Sold


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Offered is a lovely and rare example of the earlier of two maker's marks used by S. Robb, a mysterious figure working in Xenia and/or Chillicothe, Ohio, probably between about 1820 and 1840.

This piece appears to be from the 1820s, given the wrigglework arch drop and the shoulders. This spoon has a nicely executed period engraved script monogram and an excellent strike of Robb's integrated eagle maker's mark, probably cut by the same die-sinker who made similar marks for Arundel Hill and... Click for details

A fine pair of early American silver raised beakers, Philadelphia
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2320   $1,500.00


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circa 1830, Stockman & Pepper, height 3 1/2; top diameter 3 1/4 inches, total Troy weight 13.47 ounces, some very minor dents but outstanding overall condition, monogrammed "AMC" in period script (please see fifth enlargement for mark and inscription.

With their band of cast applied grapes and elegant double molded rim, these are an outstanding example of the best American Empire era Philadelphia style. Better, we might add, than any beakers of this period which the PMA has on display or... Click for details

"Norfolk" Virginia Coin Silver Early 1800s Master Salt Spoon
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3488f   $42.00


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Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing not quite .3 T. oz. (8 grams), this master salt spoon has a plain, rounded, down turned and slightly tipt back, handle, with the style dating it the first quarter of the 19th century.

Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.

A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch... Click for details

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