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Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, "Alameda" Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2571f   $165.00


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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border.... Click for details

Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150829-01   $35.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Charles Piquette, silversmith and gold pen manufacturer of Detroit. Charles is one of two sons of Jean-Baptiste Piquette, silversmith of Montreal, who came to Detroit circa 1803. Charles and his brother, John B. Piquette, were trained by their father in the silversmith's profession, but it is more likely this spoon was manufactured by someone else and retailed by Charles Piquette, as his focus seems to have been on the... Click for details

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Owned by the Tams Family
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150824-01   $35.00


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Offered is a fine early American coin silver table spoon made by Philadelphia silversmiths Samuel Hildeburn and James Watson, working in partnership as Hildeburn & Watson from about 1829 to about 1834. This tablespoon bears a good clear maker's mark and is also engraved with the name of the owner(s), "Tams". This piece was very likely owned by either Sampson Tams or Williams Tams - these men were brothers, and were some of the wealthiest men in the city in the 1830s and 1840s. The source of... Click for details

Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-04   $25.00


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Offered is a good Southern coin silver tea spoon by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple had... Click for details

Unusual Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-01   $15.00


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Offered is an unusual example of an early American coin silver spoon made in the workshop of Joseph Shoemaker but also struck with a large mark of a "T" - the mark could be a journeyman's, but is so large and placed in such a way as to undercut Shoemaker's maker's mark. As such it is unlikely the mark was on the spoon when it was first marked by Shoemaker. It is possible the spoon was resold by someone else, but the most likely explanation is that it was an inventory stamp within the family. ... Click for details

Good West Virginia Coin Silver Teaspoon - James T. Scott & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150816-04   $27.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon made in Philadelphia by James Watts and retailed in Wheeling, West Virginia by James T. Scott & Co. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest wear from normal use, and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine useful piece of Southern coin silver!

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Rare Coin Silver Teaspoon by Charles & George Fletcher of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150816-03   $65.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the output of the partnership of Charles and George Fletcher of Philadelphia, brothers to the famous silversmith and proprietor Thomas Fletcher, whose firm Fletcher and Gardiner would set the standard for monumental silver for a time in Philadelphia. Charles and George united in partnership in July 1818, and dissolved their union by early 1824. Their run in business together appears to have been rather unsuccessful; aside from this teaspoon, I have observed... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Creamer - Greenberry Gaither, Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150809-01   $575.00


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Offered is a fine and very rare example of American coin silver hollowware bearing the mark of little-known Washington, D.C. silversmith Greenberry Gaither. Biographical information follows the item description. This cream pitcher is fairly large and heavy, measuring about 6 1/2 inches high to the top of the handle, and weighing 322 grams, or about ten troy ounces. The piece dates somewhere between 1820-35 based on style. This creamer is lightly engraved with a period script monogram, which... Click for details

American mote spoon, circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Gebelein  
5210   $250.00


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Marked incuse COIN. Bowl pierced and shaped. Length 8-3/8". Weight 13 dwt. No monogram. Overall condition excellent. Mark condition good.

Underhill & Vernon, NYC 1787-88, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Tablespoon

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2529f   $95.00


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Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.

This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.

It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl. The shank is narrow, thick, and smoothly joined with... Click for details

Benjamin & Samuel Demilt, NYC, "Kings" Coin Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2527f   $45.00


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This 7" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert spoon is stamped "B&S.D" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt of New York City, with partnership dates 1820-35. It also carries a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies as unknown an New York maker.

It is a sophisticated piece, and all the more so for its early date. It is a "Kings" pattern, with a pronounced shell end with leafy borders. The backside heel of the bowl also has a shell imprint. The... Click for details

Important Dessert Spoon by John Beck of Warrior's Mark, PA Ca. 1824-30
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-06   $145.00


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Offered is an important find - an early American coin silver dessert spoon by John Beck, a silversmith working in Warrior's Mark, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania around 1824-30. This information comes from Metzgar and Whisker's "Pennsylvania Clockmakers and Watchmakers Goldsmiths and Silversmiths - A Checklist". Metzgar and Whisker also cite a reference to an 1887 history of Clarion County, which notes that one John Beck was the first watchmaker there (perhaps the late 1830s to 1840s). I have... Click for details

Pair of Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Matthew Micksch
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-02   $45.00


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Offered is a nice pair of early American coin silver teaspoons by John Matthew Miksh (or, as this maker's mark would have it, Micksch) of Bethlehem, PA. Micksch used at least three maker's marks, and this one is different than the one on another pair of Micksch spoons in my inventory. This pair measures about 6 3/8 inches in length, and the two spoons weigh about 32 grams altogether. Each spoon has a good clear mark and a lightly engraved, period script monogram. Condition is good overall,... Click for details

Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2507f   $325.00


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This pattern is identified in the Gorham archives (housed at Brown University and cataloged by scholar Sam Hough) as "Old English." It is commonly referred to, however, as "Seal Top" after the round, flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank, which in turn follows after a traditional "old English" form.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with the same... Click for details

Medallion Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - J. A. Webb, Janesville, WI
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150704-03   $60.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife in the Medallion pattern variant manufactured by Hotchkiss & Schreuder - this piece bears their maker's mark as well as a scarce Midwestern retailer's mark for Janesville, Wisconsin jeweler James A. Webb, who established his store in that town in 1856. In 1865 his shop was at Lappin's Corner in Janesville. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 34 grams. Condition is fair, though there is quite a bit of... Click for details

Important Set of Six Chambersburg, PA Teaspoons by Charles Young
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150627-01   $295.00


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Offered is a fine and rare set of American coin silver teaspoons circa 1805-10 by sought-after Chambersburg silversmith Charles Young, whose biographical information appears below. The spoons in this set of six measure about 5 5/8 inches in length on average, and the set weighs about 76 grams altogether. Each piece is marked with a clear maker's mark and all are engraved with a period script monogram. Condition is very good, with minor tip wear and signs of use, but no dents of note and no... Click for details

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