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Pr of Unusual Silver Serving Pieces by Gale & Willis, New York 1859-62
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-03   $95.00

Pr of Unusual Silver Serving Pieces by Gale & Willis, New York 1859-62
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Offered is a fine early pair of interesting American silver servers (very early sterling rather than coin silver) by Gale & Willis, a short lived partnership between William Gale, Sr. and his son-in-law John R. Willis which lasted from 1859 to 1862. Each server in this matched pair measures about 7 5/8 inches in length, and the pair weigh about 110 grams altogether. As the pictures show, the bowls are fluted in a way different than that of sugar spoons, and the underside has a thick drop to... Click for details

Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver Teapot by Harvey Lewis, Circa 1820
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-02   $975.00

Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver Teapot by Harvey Lewis, Circa 1820
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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver tea pot by noted Philadelphia silversmith Harvey Lewis. Mr. Lewis was born in 1783, apprenticed to Joseph Lownes in 1795, and was working independently by 1802. He worked from about 1805-11 with Joseph D. Smith, and then largely alone thereafter. He had a successful career throughout his life and died in 1835. This piece should by style date to the mid-point of Mr. Lewis' career, circa 1820, though it could of course have been made somewhat earlier... Click for details

Rare Paris, Kentucky Coin Silver Ladle by George Snyder Sr. or Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150920-01   $475.00

Rare Paris, Kentucky Coin Silver Ladle by George Snyder Sr. or Jr.
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Offered is a lovely and rare example of the work of Kentucky silversmith George Snyder Sr. (working in Paris, KY circa 1803-13) or his son George Snyder, Jr. (working in Paris alone circa 1813? to 1831 or so). George Snyder Sr. is most famous for having invented the first American fishing reel with multiplying gears - only about 8 of these reels still exist, and are valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. After George Sr.'s death in 1813, the Snyder family continued to make both silver and... Click for details

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

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2571f   $195.00

Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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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

Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2567f   $52.00

Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. ... Click for details

Baltimore Retailed Gorham Figural "Bust" Large Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2959f   $365.00

Baltimore Retailed Gorham Figural
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Dating c. 1860, "Bust" is one of those patterns that helped created what might be called Gorham's first "golden age" of design.

The defining feature of the line is a cast "bust" that surmounts the lengthy, square handle. There is some variation from piece to piece, and in this case, the image is of a female looking slightly sideways.

A product of the Classical Revival movement of the period, the figure sits atop a pedestal base, much as she might be presented in a museum or salon, or in... Click for details

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

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

Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
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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

1860s Boston Large, Twist Handle Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2956f   $110.00

1860s Boston Large, Twist Handle Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
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This piece is reflective of a style of that especially popular in the 1860s.

It is a large and sturdy cheese scoop, measuring 9 3/8" long, and weighing nearly 2.1 T. oz. The central portion of the shank is twisted, while the end is a broad and flat, notched disk. The surface is extensively engraved and has an area that is engine turned. This surrounds a central reserve that is engraved with an Old English "W.F." monogram.

The backside is plain, save for the name of the retailer,... 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

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Owned by the Tams Family
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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

18th Century French Fiddlethread Silver Teaspoon, Paris Ca. 1783
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-09   $45.00

18th Century French Fiddlethread Silver Teaspoon, Paris Ca. 1783
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Offered is a quite early pre-Revolution French silver teaspoon in the fiddlethread pattern, initialed "PE" and marked with hallmarks for Paris, circa 1783, and a maker's mark for Louis Jullien Anthiaume, who was working in Paris by 1779 and continued through at least 1791. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams, or one troy ounce. Condition overall is good, with no dents, splits or repairs. The spoon has likely been buffed at some point as the surface is a... Click for details

Decorated Twist-Handle Toy or Demitasse Coin Spoon by Mayer & Graff
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-06   $22.50

Decorated Twist-Handle Toy or Demitasse Coin Spoon by Mayer & Graff
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Offered is a fine American coin silver toy or demitasse spoon (it measures 3 13/16 inches or so in length, and weighs 8 grams) bearing the mark of Ft. Wayne, Indiana silversmiths and jewelers Mayer & Graff. This firm seems to have been active in Fort Wayne from the 1860s on. This piece is in the twist handle style peculiar to parts of the Mid-West around the 1860s and 1870s. It has no monogram engraved. Condition overall is very good, though there is a little corrosion in the bottom of the... Click for details

Set of Three Scarce Washington, PA Dessert Spoons by Jacob Schaffer
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-05   $195.00

Set of Three Scarce Washington, PA Dessert Spoons by Jacob Schaffer
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Offered is a very scarce set of three early American coin silver dessert spoons by little-known Washington, Pennsylvania silversmith Jacob Schaffer (1756-1852). Mr. Schaffer's biographical information appears following a description of the spoons. These three spoons, like most of Schaffer's silver, are characterized by an eccentric style and unusual proportions. They measure about 6 5/8 inches in length, on average, and they weigh about 58 grams altogether. Although under 7 inches in length,... 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

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

Rare Southern Coin Silver Spoon by Jacob Bear of Lexington, Virginia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-01   $45.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Spoon by Jacob Bear of Lexington, Virginia
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Offered is an early American coin silver teaspoon by Jacob Bear, working in Lexington, VA circa 1823-60 and then located in Rockingham, VA in 1861. Jacob Bear's mark is rarely seen, despite his long working life. The maker's mark on this teaspoon is a bit rubbed but still quite legible. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. The spoon probably dates to the 1820s or 1830s. Condition is fair at best, as the original monogram has been erased and a later... Click for details

Unusual Carlisle Coin Silver Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-05   On Hold

Unusual Carlisle Coin Silver Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel
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Offered is a quite unusual early American coin silver bird back teaspoon by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. This piece is characterized by a transitional style, and probably falls into the 1805-10 date range. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition on this birdback spoon is fair, with the bird about 80-90 percent gone but still a little visible (see picture), and the spoon with some bowl wear and dings, but with no splits or repairs. George... 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

Unusual Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Philadelphia
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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

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