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Wm. Gale & Son "French Thread" Coin Silver Nut Pick
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2362f   $22.00

Wm. Gale & Son
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Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the mid 1850s to the mid 1860s.

It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.

There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length. ... Click for details

6 Early, Matched Gorham & Webster Reverse Tipt Coin Place Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2360f   $225.00

6 Early, Matched Gorham & Webster Reverse Tipt Coin Place Spoons
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Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.

They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the... Click for details

Good Maryland Coin Silver Spoon Marked Jacob with STER and Harp Marks
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150201-05   Sold

Good Maryland Coin Silver Spoon Marked Jacob with STER and Harp Marks
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Offered is a very good coin silver teaspoon marked Jacob in a conforming punch, with a sterling mark of STER and a harp mark. These marks are very much like Irish provincial marks, but this teaspoon is definitely an American piece, probably from the Baltimore area. In 2014 I sold a tablespoon with the same maker's mark, but with a Union Shield pseudo-hallmark and another mark of the letter S. Perhaps this all points to a silversmith lately arrived from Ireland, who eventually traded his Irish... Click for details

Fine Chambersburg, PA Teaspoon by Alexander Scott, Circa 1810-22
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150201-04   On Hold

Fine Chambersburg, PA Teaspoon by Alexander Scott, Circa 1810-22
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by prominent Chambersburg, PA silversmith and clockmaker Alexander Scott, who worked in that location from about 1796 to his death in 1822. See my other listings for a very early tablespoon by Scott; this listing is for a late teaspoon, probably made in the last decade or so of Scott's life. This piece bears a legible maker's mark and good engraved period script initials for the original owner. This spoon measures about 5 11/16 inches in length... Click for details

A Fine Early Xenia, Ohio Coin Silver Dessert Spoon - William T. Stark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150201-03   Sold

A Fine Early Xenia, Ohio Coin Silver Dessert Spoon - William T. Stark
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Offered is a fine and scarce early Xenia (Greene County), Ohio coin silver dessert spoon circa 1816-35 (see biographical information below) by William T. Stark. Although Stark seems to have had a long working life, by style this spoon should be no later than about 1835. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and nicely engraved period script owner's initials. It is in overall good condition, with some dimples to the bowl but no large dents and no splits or repairs. This piece measures... Click for details

Rare Pair of Early Paris, Stark County, OH Spoons - McNeely & Estep
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150201-02   $150.00

Rare Pair of Early Paris, Stark County, OH Spoons - McNeely & Estep
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Offered is a very fine and rare pair early Paris, Ohio coin silver teaspoons by the short-lived partnership of McNeely & Estep, working circa 1814. See my other listings for a single teaspoon from this same set. This pair of spoons is very fine indeed, with lovely proportions and only moderate wear. They are each graced with a good clear maker's mark and engraved with period script initials for the original owner (given Paris was a very small village in 1814, it is quite possible the... Click for details

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Rare Early Paris, Ohio Coin Silver Teaspoon by McNeely & Estep c. 1814
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150201-01   $65.00

Rare Early Paris, Ohio Coin Silver Teaspoon by McNeely & Estep c. 1814
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Offered is a very fine and rare early Paris, Ohio coin silver teaspoon by the short-lived partnership of McNeely & Estep, working circa 1814. See my other listings for a pair of teaspoons from this same set. This listing is for the third and last teaspoon. This spoon is very fine indeed, with lovely proportions and only moderate wear. It is graced with a good clear maker's mark and engraved with period script initials for the original owner (given Paris was a very small village in 1814, it... Click for details

Gorham "Josephine" Coin Master Butter Knife with Engraved Blade
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2354f   $48.00

Gorham
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Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this. It is bright cut in a leafy scroll design, and... Click for details

Cann by Jacob Hurd, Boston, 1740-1750
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Gebelein  
5172   $10,600.00

Cann by Jacob Hurd, Boston, 1740-1750
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Kane mark F. Double scroll handle. Height 4-7/8". Diameter of mouth 3"; of base 3-3/8". Weight 12.2 troy ounces. Original monogram MT in block letters on handle. Later script monogram "H.J.Little 1849" on front for Hall Jackson Little, bookseller of Portland, ME. Owned by same family from at least 1849 to us. MT may be for Mary Thurston, a collateral ancestor born in 1746. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Albert Coles "Bead" Coin Silver Tablespoon
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2329f   $38.00

Albert Coles
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Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are no mars or... Click for details

Eight Matching c. 1865 Boston Sterling Place Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2316f   $250.00

Eight Matching c. 1865 Boston Sterling Place Forks
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Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition. There is slight... Click for details

Durgin "Bow" Flat Handle Coin Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2306f   $38.00

Durgin
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This "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern by Durgin and was one of the first line designs of that company.

This example is a 7" long, heavy at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife. It has a solid silver flat handle and blade with a scalloped upper edge and engraved surface. The handle is inscribed in script "L.C.C. to L.A.C."

It is in very fine estate condition. Apart from light surface scratches on the blade, there are no signs of use, including no bends, burrs, or nicks. ... Click for details

"Bow" or "Ribbon" Coin Silver Engraved Pastry Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2300f   $38.00


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This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the... Click for details

C. & A.W. Johnson, Albany, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
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2284f   $38.00

C. & A.W. Johnson, Albany,
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Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse Tipt," design, this is akin to much production of the period. ... Click for details

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141113-01   $35.00

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
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Offered is a very scarce example of the work of little-known silversmith Horace P. Woodbridge, who appears to have worked in St. Louis around 1835. His mark is known on at least one piece that also bears a city mark of ST.LOUIS. See "Missouri's Silver Age" by Norman Mack, page 150. Mr. Woodbridge apparently died young at age 47; it is unknown how long he was able to make or mark silver. This salt spoon is quite small at about 3 1/2 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is... Click for details

J.C. Farnsworth, Boston, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2276f   $25.00

J.C. Farnsworth, Boston,
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This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition. The bowl has a bit of tip wear and some very shallow dimpling in... Click for details

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