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Exotic George Shiebler Sterling Silver Wine Taster
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2753f   This item is currently being auctioned


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George Shiebler's work is nothing if not imaginative and it often inspires speculation about design sources and function.

That is the case with this 5 7/8" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., presumably wine taster, with a likely late 19th century date.

It has an oversized, seemingly carved, roughly rectangular, 3 1/2" by 2 1/4", handle.

The design is enigmatic, and could trace to multiple origins.

Overall the imagery suggests it found inspiration in Aztec themes. Yet within the detail,... Click for details

Krider & Biddle, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Mug
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2750f   $145.00


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One of Philadelphia's most prominent 19th century silversmiths, Peter L. Krider operated as sole manufacturer and in several partnerships over his career.

This mug is stamped with the "crossed K & B" symbol for the "Krider & Biddle" partnership, along with the model number "433."

There has been some difference of opinion about the exact dates of this pairing. The most recent, and likely most reliable, scholarship on Philadelphia silversmiths has been offered in a volume by Catherine... Click for details

Early Amercan helmet cream jug, Abraham DuBois
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2216   $875.00


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Philadelphia circa 1795, with applied beaded border, square base, sunken center and handle offset to the corners, height 6 3/4 to top of spout; base 2 1/2 inches, weight 5.70 Troy ounces, monogrammed I * A on foot.

There is some rather sloppy soldering on the beaded border beneath the spout (I do not believe this to be a repair) which we show in agonizing detail, see image four, and the overall color indicates that there may have been either a removal or some machine polishing at one... Click for details

Three tablespoons by Joshua Weaver of West Chester,PA,c.1800
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4775   $200.00


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Oval end,drop. Length 9". Weight 1-2/3 troy oz.each. The monogram is a script JH on the front. On the back is to/MYB/1935. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Rare Early Davenport, Iowa Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by A. C. Billon
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160507-03   $40.00


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Offered is a scarce American coin silver dessert spoon by A. C. Billon of Davenport, Iowa, circa 1849-65. Billon, whose first name appears from period newspaper notices to have been Alfred, started the first jewelry store in Davenport in 1849, and may have been in business as late is the 1890s. He may or may not have been related to the famous silversmith Charles Frederick Billon of St. Louis, and his progeny. This dessert spoon should date by style to the 1849-65 era. It is marked with... Click for details

6 Tablespoons by Deschamps, Phila., circa 1850
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Gebelein  
5245   $290.00


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Marked F.O.DESCHAMPS in a serrated rectangle. Also marked STANDARD in a rectangle. Fiddle, sharp fins, drop. Length 8-7/8", Weight 1. troy ounces each. The monogram is a script CED (not sure of the D). Overall and mark condition are near mint

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Rare Mark, P.L. Taylor & Jones, "Tipt End" Coin Silver Tablespoon
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2697f   $42.00


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Multiple sources list silversmith and merchant Pardon L. Taylor, as born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824, and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he died in 1860.

No reference, however, documents the "P.L. Taylor & Jones" mark on this large, 8 7/8" long, significant weight, 1.6 T. oz., "Tipt End" table or serving spoon, suggesting it was, like the man himself, a short-lived enterprise, and thus rare.

The piece is a superb example of what it is. Carefully honed and crafted, it... Click for details

William Gale & Son, New York, Chased Coin Silver Mug, 1850s
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2690f   $145.00


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Octagonal in shape, this mug is slightly diminutive. It stands 3" to the rim, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed bottom that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It was made by New York City's William Gale, who operated in various partnerships over a long history. This has double marks for one of the associations, "William Gale & Son." One of the stamps includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number... Click for details

Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by August Jarecki of Erie
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160406-03   Sold


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Erie, PA jeweler August Jarecki, circa 1850-65. Jarecki and his family emigrated from Posen, Prussia around 1849, and his father Charles was a goldsmith who worked with August until his death in 1878. August's brothers Charles and Henry started the Jarecki Iron Foundry in Erie. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and is in good condition, with modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This spoon... Click for details

Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160406-02   $125.00


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Offered is a lovely set of three early American coin silver teaspoons by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. These spoons measure about 5 3/4 inches in length and weigh about 36 grams altogether. They each have a period engraved block monogram and a clear maker's mark of H:B in a rectangle. They would most likely date to the first ten or fifteen years... Click for details

Very Early Columbus or Wooster, OH Condiment Spoon by Lindel Sprague
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160405-02   $65.00


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Offered is a fine and very early Ohio coin silver master salt spoon or condiment spoon by Columbus and Wooster silversmith Lindel (or Lindol) Sprague. Mr. Sprague was born October 12, 1798 in Cooperstown, New York. According to information online, he appears to have been apprenticed to William Platt of Columbus, OH around 1810, and by 1815 was in business for himself. He was master to his brother Hezekiah from around 1817 to 1820 in Columbus, before relocating to Wooster around 1820. He... Click for details

Set of Six Coin Silver Tablespoons and One Dessert Spoon by Kinsey
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160327-01   $145.00


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Offered is a very fine and heavy set of American coin silver tablespoons by the prolific partnership of Edward and David Kinsey of Cincinnati, Ohio - together with a dessert spoon from the same service. This set of spoons dates to about 1844-61. There are six tablespoons and one dessert spoon, for seven spoons total. All are from the same family, and all are engraved "Wells" in period script. Each spoon is marked E.&D.KINSEY in a clear maker's mark. The tablespoons measure about 8 1/2... Click for details

Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George Beatty Ca. 1840-50
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-04   $12.50


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Offered is an American coin silver master salt spoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg silversmith and merchant George Beatty. This piece measures about 4 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is only fair, with some ripples in the handle and wear to the surface and bowl. There is no monogram and no obvious sign of erasure. All in all a decent example of Beatty's mark. George Beatty, youngest son of Capt. James Beatty, was born January 4, 1781, at Ballykeel-Ednagonnel,... Click for details

Pair of Norristown, PA Coin Silver Salt Spoons by Washington T. Koplin
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160321-03   $17.50


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Offered is a pair of American coin silver master salt spoons by little-known Norristown, PA silversmith and retailer Washington T. Koplin. These spoons measure about 3 1/2 inches in length on average and weigh a total of 12 grams. The maker's mark is legible on each, and there are no monograms. Condition on one of the spoons is good, with modest wear but no splits or repairs. The other spoon has a tiny hole in the bowl. All in all an interesting example of silver from the Norristown... Click for details

Good New Castle, PA Coin Silver Spoon by James Cook Hanna
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160319-02   $27.50


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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon made or retailed by James Cook Hanna of New Castle, Pennsylvania, circa 1850. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It is engraved "RF" in period script and has a well-struck, clear maker's mark. Condition is very good overall, with modest wear and some small bumps to the bowl. All in all a fine piece of Pennsylvania coin silver! James Cook Hanna (1826 - 1898) - Working in New Castle, Lawrence County, PA... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Decorated Turned Handle Spreader Ca. 1860s
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-02   $95.00


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Offered is a very good and scarce example of an American coin silver turned handle butter knife or spreader, bearing the maker's or retailer's mark of Augustus Shmedtie of Washington, D.C. This pieces measures about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. In addition to the clear, well-struck mark for Shmedtie, it is engraved with decoration to one side of the blade and to the handle, and bears a period script monogram. This knife would most likely date to Shmedtie's early period... Click for details

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