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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

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

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-01   $85.00

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
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Offered is a very nice pair of early American coin silver table spoons by silversmith Nathaniel Munroe, and bearing his maker's mark as well as Baltimore assay marks for the year 1821. Baltimore was the only U.S. locality to institute a formal assay office and system, and pieces bearing these marks are coveted. These include a mark denoting the Arms of the State of Maryland, a mark of a male bust, and the dominical letter for the year. The website for the store Imperial Half Bushel, owned by... Click for details

Outstanding Lancaster Silver Sugar Tongs by David Hall Circa 1790-1800
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160304-01   Sold

Outstanding Lancaster Silver Sugar Tongs by David Hall Circa 1790-1800
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Offered is a truly lovely pair of decorated 18th Century American coin silver sugar tongs by Lancaster silversmith David Hall (1767-1814), working circa 1790 until his death. More information on David Hall follows the description of this piece. These tongs measure about 6 1/16 inches in length and weigh about 40 grams. They are engraved "JEMcC" in a lovely bright cut round reserve, and feature gorgeous trailing vine decoration on the arms and modeled grips. Condition is very good, with no... Click for details

Pair W.B. Eltonhead, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2651f   $36.00

Pair W.B. Eltonhead, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Teaspoons
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William B. Eltonhead was a jeweler who was born in 1803 and worked through 1880 according to Catherine Hollan in her comprehensive work, "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

This pair of 6" long, approximately 1.2 T. oz. combined weight, spoons carry his name along with a "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. McGrew documents this in his volume on marks, stating it is unidentified but possibly a second stamp for James Watts.

This matched pair are clean and very handsome. They have pronounced... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160228-03   $60.00

Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
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Offered is a very fine and large early American coin silver dessert spoon by Philadelphia silversmith William Hanse McDowell, working circa 1817 to his death in 1842. McDowell was typically listed in city directories as a watch and clock maker, and silver bearing his mark is exceedingly hard to find. The mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Given the style of the piece and the appearance of an eagle head mark similar to that used by William... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160228-02   $30.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
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Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of Marshall & Smith, listed in the city directory for 1837 as jewelers. Little is known about this partnership, and it isn't even certain which Marshall was the partner. This teaspoon bears a worn but still legible (more so in person) maker's mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. The handle is graced with a shell. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs... Click for details

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Gorham "Pointed Antique" Coin Silver Serving Spoon, Old & Rare
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2647f   $115.00

Gorham
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A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl,... Click for details

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160224-01   $125.00

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
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Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is... Click for details

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver "Tipt" Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2643f   $60.00

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David... Click for details

Scarce Chillicothe, Ohio Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by Edward P. Pratt
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160223-01   Sold

Scarce Chillicothe, Ohio Coin Silver Mustard Spoon by Edward P. Pratt
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Offered is a fine and scarce example of American coin silver bearing the mark of Chillicothe, OH silversmith Edward P. Pratt. Mr. Pratt worked in Cincinnati alone and in partnership from about 1828-30, and then spent the rest of his career (about 1831 to 1861) working as a silversmith and jeweler in Chillicothe. Mr. Pratt died in 1866 at the age of about 65. This piece appears to be a dry mustard spoon or perhaps a horseradish spoon; it has a good maker's mark or retailer's mark of E.P.PRATT... Click for details

Prince Albert Pattern Coin Silver Server - Beggs & Smith of Cincinnati
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160221-01   Sold

Prince Albert Pattern Coin Silver Server - Beggs & Smith of Cincinnati
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Offered is a very fine and rare American coin silver serving piece in the Prince Albert pattern, marked by Cincinnati silversmiths Joseph P. Beggs and Harry R. Smith, working in partnership as Beggs & Smith from 1848 to 1861. The exact intended use of this slice-type server is not clear to me - it may have been a cake slice or a lifting server. I do not think it was a fish slice, though it could be used for a variety of purposes. This piece is about 10 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 82... Click for details

Lincoln & Foss "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2639f   $30.00

Lincoln & Foss
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Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

Marks are a... Click for details

Interesting Cincinnati Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Wilson McGrew
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-05   Sold

Interesting Cincinnati Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Wilson McGrew
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Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife by Cincinnati silversmith Wilson McGrew (1800-1859), circa 1840-50. This piece has a great flared fiddle pattern, and serving pieces in this style are hard to find. This piece has an engraved period script monogram and a clear, well-struck maker's mark. This piece measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is good overall, with some small dings on the edge of the blade from normal use, and modest... Click for details

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Rice, Circa 1820s
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-04   $27.50

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Rice, Circa 1820s
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Offered is a fine and scarce example of the work of Philadelphia silversmith William C. Rice, whose biographical information appears in Catherine Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Rice is mostly mentioned after 1830, but this spoon appears to have been made earlier, perhaps at the beginning of his career. This spoon has a well-struck maker's mark and is decorated with an engraved period script monogram of "MB". This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details

Coin Silver Teaspoon with Very Rare Mark - Richard Garratt, Ca. 1830
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-03   $25.00

Coin Silver Teaspoon with Very Rare Mark - Richard Garratt, Ca. 1830
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Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of R.GARRATT, which was used by little-known silversmith Richard Garratt, whose biographical information appears below. Garratt is not mentioned in any silver reference book I've been able to review, and this is the only example of his mark that I've seen. This piece has a very clear maker's mark and is engraved in period script with the original owner's name. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2638f   $48.00

Gorham
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Patented in "1861," and so marked on this 8 1/4" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., table or serving spoon, Gorham's "Grecian" had a lengthy production run.

That is evident on this piece which is marked "Sterling," indicating it was made after 1868 when Gorham adopted this standard over coin silver.

"Grecian" place pieces do not seem to appear as frequently as serving items, and this particular piece is surprisingly scarce.

It is in very fine condition. Polishing wear is minimal,... Click for details

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