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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

Attractive Pattern Coin Silver Sugar Shell - Claud G. Avery of Chicago
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20160903-06   Sold

Attractive Pattern Coin Silver Sugar Shell - Claud G. Avery of Chicago
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Offered is a fine Chicago coin silver sugar shell bearing the mark of Claud (also spelled Claude) G. Avery, working in Chicago circa 1850s and 1860s. Mr. Avery burned to death in a hotel fire at the Herndon House in Marshall, Michigan in 1875. Silver bearing his mark is not often seen. This sugar shell is in an attractive pattern and is engraved "Jackson" for the original owner. It measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 36 grams. Condition is excellent, with very little wear... Click for details

Fancy Pattern New Orleans Coin Silver Sugar Tongs, Bliss & Whittemore
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20160903-05   Sold

Fancy Pattern New Orleans Coin Silver Sugar Tongs, Bliss & Whittemore
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Offered is a very rare example of Southern coin silver bearing the mark of John Bliss and Edwin Whittemore, working in New Orleans as BLISS & WHITTEMORE circa 1833-35. Bliss & Whittemore were primarily jewelers and only sold a very small amount of silver. This large, heavy and fancy (King's variant pattern) pair of sugar tongs is a fine example of their offerings. This piece measures about 7 inches in length and weighs about 84 grams. The bow is engraved with a period script "B" monogram,... 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

Rare Set of Six Early Cincinnati Coin Silver Tspns by Alexander McGrew
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-01   Sold

Rare Set of Six Early Cincinnati Coin Silver Tspns by Alexander McGrew
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Offered is a good early set of six Cincinnati coin silver tea spoons by silversmith Alexander McGrew, working circa 1817-19 in partnership with Joseph Jonas and then on his own from 1819 to 1836, when he retired. He died in 1843. According to "Cincinnati Silver" by Dehan, serving spoons, teaspoons and salt spoons by McGrew have been seen, as well as one tall-case clock. It appears his silver is quite scarce. These teaspoons by form probably date to about 1825. Each spoon has a good clear maker's... Click for details

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Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Citrus Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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Original Alvin
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A 5 3/4" long, .9 T. oz. grapefruit or citrus spoon, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

It is without a monogram or removal and in mint estate condition. It is free of... 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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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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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

Bailey & Co. "Kings" Heavy Coin Silver Place Spoon
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Bailey & Co.
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This 7" long, very weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver spoon variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup, has a double provenance.

It is marked Bailey & Co. (1848-78) for the firm that became Philadphia's renowned "Bailey, Banks & Biddle." It also carries the pseudo hallmark of manufacturer "Taylor & Lawrie," who sold to "Bailey & Kitchen," forerunner of "Bailey & Co."

Citing D.A. Soeffing, Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes, "In... Click for details

Fine Fiddle Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Fries of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-07   $15.00

Fine Fiddle Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Fries of Philadelphia
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Offered is a very good American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith John Fries, who was working in that city from about 1830 to 1858 or later. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good, with only modest wear from normal use but with some minor scratches to the end of the underside of the handle. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a... Click for details

Excellent Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Thomas F. Albright
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160820-06   $25.00

Excellent Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Thomas F. Albright
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Offered is a very good American coin silver tea spoon by Philadelphia silversmith, watchmaker and jeweler Thomas F. Albright (born circa 1811), working in that city circa 1835 to about 1860 or later. This spoon probably dates to the 1835-50 range as it bears the Philadelphia eagle pseudo-hallmark or trademark in use mainly between 1825 and 1850 or so. This spoon also has a clear, well-struck maker's mark, which was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. This piece... Click for details

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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-05   $30.00

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

Set of 18th Century Philadelphia Silver Teaspoons by Daniel Dupuy, Sr.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20160820-04   Sold

Set of 18th Century Philadelphia Silver Teaspoons by Daniel Dupuy, Sr.
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Offered is a fine early set of 18th Century American coin silver spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith Daniel Dupuy Sr. (b. 1719 - d. 1807). The mark on these is given to him rather than to his son in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths", but of course the son could have used any of the father's marks at some point. These spoons should date by style to the 1785-95 period, though they could be a little later. There are five spoons in total. Four are in fairly good condition, with some... Click for details

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