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Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by Samuel A. Mansfield
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-21   $32.50


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Offered is a very good American coin silver dessert spoon bearing the maker's mark or retailer's mark of Samuel A. Mansfield (born 1826 in Delaware, died 1907 in Philadelphia), who probably apprenticed under Thomas Megear of Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, and who was living with Megear in 1850. This spoon may date to around that period as the STANDARD mark used on this spoon is from a die owned by Megear. Mansfield later moved in with his brother and was working as a watchmaker, silversmith,... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by John Fries
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-20   $30.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver dessert spoon bearing the maker's mark of John Fries, working circa the 1830s through about 1858. This dessert spoon measures about 7 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. This piece has good clear marks and a period engraved script "HPS" monogram. Condition is very good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a good useful piece of Philadelphia coin silver in a desirable size!

Wreath Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon Marked by Lewis Ladomus
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-17   $11.50


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Offered is a Philadelphia coin silver teaspoon bearing the die-struck wreath decoration pioneered and probably controlled by the Fries family of silversmiths, but occasionally seen on spoons bearing the marks of other Philadelphia firms. This one is marked by Lewis Ladomus and probably dates to the 1850s. This piece measures just under 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is poor in that the bowl has a split (see pictures) and is out of round. However, given the decoration... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Caleb Davis of Woodstock, VA
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-13   Sold


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Offered is an interesting early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark C*D in an oval punch, struck twice. This mark was originally attributed in the book "Silver in Maryland" to Cantwell Douglass (1774-1807), but has now been re-assigned by Cathy Hollan in "Virginia Silversmiths" to Caleb Davis (1769-1834), apprenticed to clockmaker Elijah Evans in Frederick County MD in 1784, married to Mary Upp in Maryland in 1792, working in Woodstock, Virginia circa 1796-1816 (partnered as Fry &... Click for details

Good CT or VT Coin Silver Spoon by Isaac Thompson Ca. 1805-17
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-09   $25.00


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Offered is a good transitional finless fiddle coin silver teaspoon by Litchfield, Connecticut and Brattleboro, Vermont silversmith Isaac Thompson (1777 - 1844). Thompson was working alone in Litchfield from about 1805 to 1811 and in Brattleboro between about 1811 and 1817. This spoon was probably made in Connecticut but could have been made in either locale. This piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is very good with minimal wear and no splits or... Click for details

Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Richards and John Curry of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-08   $19.75


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Offered is a nice coin silver tea spoon retailed by noted silversmith Samuel Richards of Philadelphia, and given the floret mark used by John Curry, probably manufactured by him. This piece has good clear marks and a period engraved "MMG" script monogram. It measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is fair, with some tip wear and a dent to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of these marks!

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Rare Pair of Early Kentucky Coin Silver Teaspoons by Asa Blanchard
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-07   $325.00


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Offered is a lovely pair of transitional shoulder-less Southern coin silver tea spoons by noted Virginia and Kentucky silversmith Asa Blanchard, circa 1807-15 by style and given their Kentucky origin. The maker's mark on these spoons (mark "d" in Hollan's "Virginia Silversmiths", corresponding to mark "29C" in Boultinghouse's "Silversmiths of Kentucky") has only been found on pieces with Kentucky provenances. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark, and each is engraved with a period script "H"... Click for details

Rare Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Jean Felix LeFevre Ca. 1805
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-04   $29.50


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Offered is a very rare example of the work and maker's mark of Jean-Felix LeFevre (1780 - 1813), silversmith of Philadelphia. This piece is in fair condition at best, with a lot of surface wear and a dinged and dented bowl, but has a decent legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. LeFevre's work is usually quite good, though this spoon is a bit lighter than most of his spoons. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a good... Click for details

Set of Four Kentucky Coin Silver Spns, Warren B. Ewing of Shelbyville
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-01   $145.00


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Offered is a rare set of four Southern coin silver spoons by Shelbyville silversmith Warren B. Ewing, working from about 1845 to his death in 1876. Each of these spoons is marked WBE incuse, which is a much scarcer mark used by Ewing than is his full name mark. Each spoon has the typical style and proportions of Ewing's work, and each has a legible maker's mark. There is no sign of a monogram or erasure. By style, these spoons probably date to before the Civil War. These spoons measure... Click for details

6 Fiddle Thread coin silver dessert spoons, Horace Hotchkiss,
Silver : Coin Silver

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2240   On Hold


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Waterbury CT circa 1840, length 7 1/4 inches, total Troy weight 6.67 ounces, fine condition, monogrammed "H.A. Shiels" obverse in period script.

Though this mark would appear to be previously unpublished, we are attributing it to Horace, since the only other possible firm might have belonged to Hiram Hotchkiss, who would have been ten or twenty years old when Fiddle Thread was in the height of its popularity.

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Hutchinson Ca. 1828-39
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170306-01   $22.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver tea spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Hutchinson, working in that city circa 1828-39. This teaspoon bears a clear, well-struck maker's mark for Hutchinson, and in this case he was probably the retailer rather than the maker as the spoon also has a floret mark used by John Curry and was probably made by Curry. Like many pieces made by Curry, this has good weight and balance. It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. This... Click for details

Excellent Heavy Coin Silver Fiddlethread Pattern Dessert Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170305-02   Sold


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Offered is an excellent American coin silver dessert spoon in the fiddlethread or fiddle and thread pattern, bearing the maker's mark of Lows, Ball & Co., circa 1840. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs a heavy 46 grams or so. It is engraved with a period script monogram to the reverse. Condition is excellent, with modest wear from normal use but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a good piece in a desirable pattern and a useful and scarce size!

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Edward Lownes circa 1818-34
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170304-12   $27.50


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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward Lownes (1792-1834), who was prolific and accomplished in his short life. This fiddle pattern teaspoon is large for its type at about 6 1/4 inches in length and about 24 grams in weight. It bears a well-executed period engraved script monogram and a very clear maker's mark. It also has a floret pseudo-hallmark used by John Curry, who could have been the manufacturer of this piece. This piece is in... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3012f   $85.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Free of polishing wear,... Click for details

N. Harding "Threaded" Pure Coin Silver Pudding Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
3009f   $105.00


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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks... Click for details

Ram's head coin silver sauce ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2238   $225.00


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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.84 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement, gilt bowl, outstanding original condition. Concerning the engraving, both the quality of design and the execution are far above average.

Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.

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