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Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Meredith of Winchester, VA
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150809-04   $60.00

Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Meredith of Winchester, VA
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Offered is a fine large early American coin silver table spoon by well-known Virginia silversmith James Meredith, who spent the majority (1812-60) of his career working in or around Winchester, VA. Judging by style, this tablespoon should date to about 1825-35, but could be somewhat earlier or later. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 60 grams. Condition is fair, with some surface wear and scratching, and minor tip wear, but no splits or repairs. All in all a... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Richard H. L. Villard, Washington DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150809-03   $125.00

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Richard H. L. Villard, Washington DC
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver sauce ladle 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... Click for details

Super Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by William W. Keyworth of DC
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150809-02   $145.00

Super Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by William W. Keyworth of DC
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Offered is a very rare example of the work and maker's mark of William Wates Keyworth, silversmith of Washington, DC. William is related the much better known Robert Keyworth - they are both buried in the Keyworth Family Vault in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington. However, I've not yet found the exact family relationship. William seems to have died in August, 1838; prior to that he was working as a watchmaker, silversmith and jeweler at his stand (shop) opposite Gadsby's Hotel (located... Click for details

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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150809-01   $695.00

Southern Coin Silver Creamer - Greenberry Gaither, Washington, DC
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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

American mote spoon, circa 1860
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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.

Early 19th Century Hayes & Adriance Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2535f   $45.00

Early 19th Century Hayes & Adriance Coin Silver Sugar Tongs
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Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, John Adriance, 1795-1873, lived his entire life there working as a silversmith, beginning with an apprenticeship in 1809. He joined in a partnership with Peter Hayes in 1816 and that lasted until 1826.

This pair of 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sugar tongs are a product of that partnership, marked "Hayes & Adriance."

They have a broad arch, 7/8" at the widest, that is inscribed "CC" in a period, feathered script. The grips are cup form and have... Click for details

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Underhill & Vernon, NYC 1787-88, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Old Friends  
2529f   $150.00

Underhill & Vernon, NYC 1787-88,
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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
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Old Friends  
2527f   $45.00

Benjamin & Samuel Demilt, NYC,
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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

Early Gorham "Lion's Head" Coin Silver Open Master Salt
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Old Friends  
2521f   $135.00

Early Gorham
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Marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" mark and the word "Coin," this master salt dates circa 1858 according to the Tompkins' benchmark book of open salt dishes.

It stands 1 1/2" high, has a maximum diameter of 2 5/8", and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

Round, it sits on three "lion's head with paw feet" legs. These are quite detailed and expressive, with the lion's strong face and abundant mane well portrayed. There is a beaded rim round the top, and an Old English "V.K.D." monogram on... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, Long Handle Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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Old Friends  
2516f   $35.00

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, Long Handle Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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A partnership dating c. 1838 to 1854, Boynton & Woodford was a jewelry firm and importer located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Their mark appears on the backside of this 6 5/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver cream ladle with a tipped end handle, the style of which places it early in the above date range.

Distinctions among plain coin silver pieces such as this are all about subtlety. For example, the handle on this is relatively long, which would have been utilitarian for sitting in a deep... Click for details

Fine Pair of Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoons by George Hendel, Ca. 1810
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-15   Sold

Fine Pair of Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoons by George Hendel, Ca. 1810
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Offered is a scarce pair of early American coin silver teaspoons by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. This pair dates to about 1805-15 by style. This pair of spoons measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition on these spoons is very good, with little wear and no dents (aside from a few tiny dimples), splits or repairs. George Hendel's maker's mark is struck once on each spoon and is legible on each. The period script monogram is "EW". All in all a fine... Click for details

Early Pointed-End Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel of Carlisle
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-14   Sold

Early Pointed-End Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel of Carlisle
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Offered is a scarce, very early American coin silver teaspoon with die-struck birdback decoration, by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. This piece dates to the earliest years of George Hendel's career, circa 1802. The spoon measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition on this spoon is only fair, with some wear and dings to the bowl, but it is free of splits or repairs. The bird is mostly worn, but can still be readily traced. George Hendel's maker's mark is... Click for details

Rare Set of Six Carlisle Coin Silver Spoons by Jacob Hendel
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-13   $350.00

Rare Set of Six Carlisle Coin Silver Spoons by Jacob Hendel
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Offered is a very rare set of six early American coin silver teaspoons by noted Carlisle clockmaker and silversmith Jacob Hendel. Jacob Hendel (1772-1836) was one of three brothers who made and marked silver, the others being George and Bernard; he was also cousin and nephew to members of the Hall family of silversmiths. Jacob Hendel is primarily known as one of the foremost clockmakers of Carlisle, and a number of his clocks are extant. He was also very involved in community affairs. Jacob... Click for details

Fine Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Hendel, Ca. 1820-36
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-12   $75.00

Fine Carlisle Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Hendel, Ca. 1820-36
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Offered is a rare early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Carlisle clockmaker and silversmith Jacob Hendel. Jacob Hendel (1772-1836) was one of three brothers who made and marked silver, the others being George and Bernard; he was also cousin and nephew to members of the Hall family of silversmiths. Jacob Hendel is primarily known as one of the foremost clockmakers of Carlisle, and a number of his clocks are extant. He was also very involved in community affairs. Jacob Hendel served as... Click for details

Important Decorated Basket with Flowers Spoon by Thomas Shields c.1770
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-11   On Hold

Important Decorated Basket with Flowers Spoon by Thomas Shields c.1770
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Offered is an important early American coin silver tea or coffee spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Shields (working circa 1765-94). This spoon's decoration, like many of my Philadelphia spoons, was featured in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" (see page 264). The die-struck decoration is certainly very well preserved, as is the maker's mark for Shields. Overall, condition is fair to good, with some tip wear but no dents, splits or repairs. This piece measures about 4 7/8 inches in... Click for details

Unusual Philadelphia Pictureback Teaspoon Circa 1790-1800
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150719-10   Sold

Unusual Philadelphia Pictureback Teaspoon Circa 1790-1800
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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver picture back teaspoon with a die-struck decoration to the back of the bowl that is unusual. The decoration is an abstraction of a shell, and almost looks like a splash of water drops or even of stars. This piece is unmarked but is stylistically closely related to marked Philadelphia pieces. This spoon's decoration, like many of my Philadelphia spoons, was featured in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" (see page 259). This spoon is engraved... Click for details

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