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Wendt "Florentine" E. Lilienthal, New Orleans, Sterling Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3207f   $70.00


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A Renaissance Revival design dating from 1870, John Wendt's "Florentine" is a dense pattern that shows Moorish influences.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar, or perhaps small preserve, spoon with two characteristics that set it apart.

One is the flange rim, elaborately shaped bowl with intricate engraving set against a satin matte, gold wash (front and back sides) ground.

The second feature is that it was retailed by the New Orleans firm of "E. Lilienthal," as stamped... Click for details

J.L. Moore & Co., NYC, "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon, Mint
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3205f   $48.00


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Produced in the second quarter of the 19th century in New York City, this 8 1/2" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., coin silver table or serving spoon, is an extremely well-made piece.

It has a "Tipt" end, rounded and heavily beveled shoulders, and a pointed end bowl.

The backside of the handle has an elegantly rendered, feathered script "TD" monogram.

It is stamped "J.L. [Jared] Moore & Co." (1796-53) for the well-documented jeweler and watchmaker. This particular mark, with the "& Co.,"... Click for details

Decorated late 18th Century Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Bowne
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170805-06   Sold


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Offered is a lovely example of the work of New York City silversmith Samuel Bowne (1778-1817), working circa 1798 to his death in 1817. Mr. Bowne apparently was not all that successful as a silversmith, as he went bankrupt in 1802 and only recovered after several years. His work, however, is lovely and this piece is a good example. This teaspoon bears a very good strike of Bowne's maker's mark and is engraved with a period script monogram within an ovoid reserve. This piece measures about 5... Click for details

Lancaster, PA Coin Silver Spoon by Godfried M. Zahm Circa 1838-60
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170805-04   Sold


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Offered is a nice 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by Godfried M. Zahm of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (working ca. 1838 to the early 1890s). This piece is engraved with period script initials "MD" and bears a well-struck maker's mark of G.M.ZAHM in roman caps in a rectangular punch. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fair overall, with minimal tip or surface wear, but with some small dimples and dents in the bowl. Please review all... Click for details

Very Rare Pictureback Teaspoon by Jacob Hostetter, Sr. of Hanover, PA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170805-02   Sold


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Offered is a very rare example of the work of Hanover, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith Jacob Hostetter, Sr., working circa 1788-1797. While a number of clocks by Hostetter are known, this is the example of his work as a silversmith that I have ever seen. It has a slightly chattered but legible maker's mark and also features a period engraved script monogram. The most interesting feature of this piece is the unique die-struck shell decoration surmounting a row of tulip blooms. This... Click for details

Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Youth Fork, "Kitty to Carrie"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3198f   $28.00


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This coin silver youth fork measures 6" long and weighs over .8 T. oz.

Its mid 19th century pattern is a variant of "Tuscan," attributed to New York's Michael Gibney, or a similar design called "Cottage" produced by Joseph Seymour, John Polhamus, William Gale, and possibly other makers.

This example is only identified by the retailer's name, "J.W. Helmer," location unknown, stamped on the backside.

It has a particularly charming script engraving set sideways on the handle. This... Click for details

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E. Borhek, Philadelphia, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3195f   $24.00


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In her benchmark work on Philadelphia silversmiths, Catherine Hollan identifies "E. Borhek," the mark on this 5 11/16" long, .5 T. oz., as Edward, 1806-87. She notes that 1835-37, he was known as "Borhex."

In his later years he operated as an optician and spectacle maker, although as this spoon attests, silver was his stock in trade in earlier years.

This is a well-crafted piece, which a broad handle end with a subtly tipt backside, a line drop on the heel, and high, angular shoulders... Click for details

Cornelia Anna Ritch christening cup
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2264   $350.00


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Cornelia Anna Ritch (1847-1916) may well have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth. We know for sure that at the age of six, she had a fine looking coin silver cup in her hand.

Her great great great grandfather, Henry Ritch, was among the original settlers of Greenwich, CT, having received a grant of three acres there on May 19th, 1686. Her family has always been among the town’s leading citizens, comprising notable attorneys, quarry owners, and the first successful oyster... Click for details

Canfield, Baltimore, 10.15 Standard Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3188f   $70.00


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A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

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Richard Fisher Jr., NYC, "French Thread" Coin Silver Sugar Shell
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3183f   $45.00


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The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The... Click for details

Fine Early Coin Silver Sugar Tongs Ca.1805-10 Marked Gordon In Italics
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170715-03   $65.00


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Offered is a lovely pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs marked Gordon in italicized lettering on each arm; this mark resembles one of the maker's marks attributed by the Darling Foundation to George Gordon of Newburgh, NY, working circa 1800-24. The only difference is that the mark in the Darling book also has a first name initial - G.GORDON in italicized lettering. It may be that the die for this mark was damaged and re-cut to eliminate all but the last name. It is also just... Click for details

Pair of Southern Coin Silver Dessert Spoons, Artemas O. Fairchild, WV
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170715-01   $135.00


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Offered is a very fine pair of West Virginia coin silver dessert spoons by scarce Wheeling maker Artemas O. Fairchild, who commenced his business around 1839 and after many years relocated to Missouri. These spoons by style should date to the first years of his West Virginia period. Each spoon is engraved with a complicated period script monogram and each has a good legible maker's mark. These spoons each measure about 7 inches in length and the pair weighs about 58 grams. Condition is good... Click for details

Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph Anthony of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170714-02   $67.50


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Offered is a fine pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Anthony, who worked in that city from 1783-1809 on his own and from 1810-14 with his sons. This pair of tongs by style should date to about 1805-09 but could be a bit earlier. The maker's mark is one of Joseph Anthony's working alone, so this piece likely dates to no later than 1809. The maker's mark (see pics) is lightly struck, as is the case with most pieces by Mr. Anthony, and appears... Click for details

Rare Set of Three Easton, MD Teaspoons by Robert Kersey Circa 1805-10
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170705-01   $195.00


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Offered is a very rare set of three early American coin silver tea spoons by Easton, Maryland silversmith Robert Kersey, about whom little has been published. Birdback teaspoons by Mr. Kersey with the same maker's mark that appears on these spoons are known, and Kersey's traditional working date is given as circa 1793. It is evident from the style of these spoons that he worked a while longer, as the squared shoulders were in use mostly from 1805-10, give or take a couple of years. These... Click for details

Very Rare Decorated Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Thomas Burger Ca.1805-06
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170627-01   $60.00


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Offered is a very rare example of late 18th Century New York style decoration on a relatively tiny early American coin silver salt spoon, bearing the maker's mark of silversmith Thomas Burger. Mr. Burger and his father John Burger (working circa 1775-1807) were briefly in partnership circa 1805 and then Thomas Burger advertised alone circa 1806. After that he seems to disappear from directories, and I haven't found much information on him, despite his fame and that of his father. Presumably... Click for details

Gorham "Medallion" 1866 Coin Silver Pedestal Mustard Pot
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3164mg   $445.00


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Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

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