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Rare Set of Six Southern Coin Silver Spoons by Seraphim Masi of DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170116-04   $175.00


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Offered is a fine set of six early Southern coin silver teaspoons by well-known but scarce Washington, DC silversmith and jeweler Seraphim Masi (1797-1884), who was working in DC by about 1820 and who is best known for making many of the skippets (diplomatic seals) for the United States government during the 1820s and later including one for Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan in the 1850s. Masi's work is hard to find and is always good quality. These teaspoons each bear a good clear maker's... Click for details

Scarce Pair of Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Spoons by Robert C. Green
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170115-01   $39.50


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Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver teaspoons by Pottsville, Pennsylvania coin silver jeweler and watchmaker Robert C. Green, whose biographical information appears below. Green's mark is quite uncommon, and these teaspoons each have a clear, well-struck maker's mark, and a pseudo-hallmark or journeyman's mark in the form of a leaf. Each piece also has a period engraved script monogram. These spoons each measure about 5 3/4 inches in length, and the pair weighs a total of... Click for details

Durgin "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2969f   $24.00


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Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Tipt" Coin Serving Spoon Engraved "Mary"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2968f   $42.00


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Perhaps the most recognizable name among Syracuse, New York, silver manufacturers, the firm of Hotchkiss & Schreuder existed under various names during the second half of the 19th century.

The specific "H&S" mark on this 8 7/8" long, heavy at 1.7 T. oz., table serving spoon is an early mark used 1857-64 according to the "Encylcopedia of American Silver Manufacturers."

It is also stamped "W.S. Taylor" for the Utica, New York retailer with dates, 1858-61, convergent with the maker's... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Pudding Serving Spoon 1860s
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2965f   $125.00


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Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon.

An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor... Click for details

Bigelow Bros. & Kennard "Tipt" 1859 Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2960f   $38.00


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Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and... Click for details

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Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161231-01   $295.00


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Offered is a good and scarce American coin silver soup ladle from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider coin silver items from these towns to be Southern coin silver due to the sympathies of many of the inhabitants.

This piece is marked with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington... Click for details

Set 8 Hovey, Parker & Co., Manchester NH, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2944f   $100.00


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A "Fiddle Tipt" design typical of their early 1850s period, these eight teaspoons might at first seem undistinguished from the substantial inventory of such pieces that still exists.

These 5 7/8" long, 3.9 T. oz. the set, spoons are exceptional, however, in several regards.

One is that they are an original matching set, with each piece monogrammed in a fancy script "M.H." placed sideways on the handle.

Secondly, they are extraordinarily well-crafted. The bowls are elegantly shaped,... Click for details

James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2942f   $115.00


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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First it measures 8 3/8" long, which is substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, and was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the... Click for details

J. L. Westervelt "Floral" 8 Matching Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2930f   $160.00


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Produced by John. L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, as indicated by the "star, lion, bust" pseudo-hallmark imprinted on the backsides, and also marked for retailer "B. Marsh" of nearby Albany, these eight, matched teaspoons are in the "Floral" pattern.

Each one measures 6" long, while the lot weigh 6.3 T. oz., and has a fancy script "SFW" monogram set sideways on the handle.

Dating circa 1865, they are to a coin silver standard.

The pattern appears on both sides of the handles,... Click for details

Pair Gorham "Medallion" Circa 1865 Coin Silver Wine Goblets
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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2911f   $775.00


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Each of these footed drinking vessels measures 5 1/4" high, has a top span of 2 3/4", and a base diameter of 2 7/16". One weighs 3.9 T. oz., and the other 4.1 T. oz.

Made by Gorham circa 1865, they are coin silver and stamped with that company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem on the undersides.

They are identical except for the round, applied medallion that adorns the wall of each piece. One of these has a female figure and the other a male figure. These are cast, very finely executed,... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Jacob Stockman of Philadelphia c1832-50
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-02   $12.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver salt spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Stockman, working alone and in partnership circa 1819 to 1850 as a silversmith and pencil and thimble maker, and from 1850-55 as a pencil-maker and jeweler. This spoon probably dates to the 1832-50 period by style; Stockman was working alone during this period and produced much of his work then. This piece bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 3 3/4... Click for details

Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-01   $25.00


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Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

Teapot by Joseph Richardson, Jr., Philadelphia, circa 1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5277   $3,125.00


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Marked twice on bottom J(pellet)R. Sides divided into eight panels. Silver urn finial. Wood handle. Height 7". Maximum horizontal dimension 13-1/4". Total weight 20.1 troy ounces.The monogram is a script EM on one side. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Coffee pot by Joseph Richardson, Jr., ca 1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5276   $4,500.00


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Marked twice on bottom J(pellet)R. Sides with eight panels. Silver urn finial. Wood handle. Height 13". Maximum horizontal dimension 12". Weight (total 36.2 troy ounces. The monogram on one side is a script EM. Overall and mark condition are excellent (one pin prick dent on the side).

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