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Connecticut Coin Silver Spoon by Merriman & Bradley, Circa 1817-26
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180121-02   Sold


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Offered is a nice early CT coin silver teaspoon by the well-known partnership of Merriman & Bradley, and marked with their maker's mark and a pseudo-hallmark or manufacturer's mark they often used. This piece has a clear set of marks and a period engraved script monogram to the front of the handle. There is also a later monogram to the back of the handle. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall with some shallow bumps in the bowl... Click for details

Albany Coin Silver Tablespoon c1820-27 by Chauncey Johnson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180115-10   $19.50


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Offered is an American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Chauncey Johnson, who worked there from about 1820 into the 1840s, before relocating to Bastrop, Texas. This spoon can be dated to the 1820-27 period as it bears two strikes of a manufacturer's mark of an eagle head looking left, attributed by John R. McGrew to Green Hall of Albany, working circa 1810-27. This same mark appears frequently on work marked by Nehemiah B. Bassett (died 1819) alone and in partnership as Bassett &... Click for details

Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3386f   $295.00


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Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with... Click for details

William Moulton 6 Matched Coin Silver Teaspoons circa 1810
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3385f   $120.00


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One of a family of silversmiths whose history spanned over two centuries in the towns of Newbury and Newburyport, Massachusetts, William Moulton was born in 1772 and began his career in 1796, according to Flynt & Fales in their "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver."

Flynt and Fales also note in their entry on him that he has been referred to as the "honest goldsmith" and that he "supplied well-crafted church silver and other vessels."

The style of these six, matched, 6 1/8" long,... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Two Twisted Handle Sterling Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3384f   $95.00


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Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups.

They have front and back, gold washed, trident tines, that are sinuous,... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Hugh Mulligan
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180115-05   Sold


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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver teaspoon by watchmaker and jeweler Hugh Mulligan. The mark on this particular spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Cathy Hollan. This piece has a clear mark and an engraved period script monogram. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. Condition is fair, with some small bumps to the bowl and a moderate to the handle. All in all a good example of this particular mark!

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Good Heavy Fiddle Tablespoon by R. & W. Wilson, 8 5/8", 62 Grams
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180115-04   Sold


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Offered is a very nice fiddle pattern American coin silver table spoon by the well-known Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson, working circa 1825-50. This piece measures about 8 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 62 grams, or around two troy ounces. It has a clear maker's mark and a well-executed period script monogram. Aside from a small spot of corrosion on the handle, which is not very noticeable, condition is pretty much pristine, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or... Click for details

Good Coin Silver Teaspoon by Francis and Frederick Thibault of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180115-02   Sold


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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmiths and jewelers Francis and Frederick Thibault, working in partnership circa 1807-09. This is a quite early example of the fully developed fiddle form that would take precedence in Philadelphia in the 1810-25 period; the feature that gives away its age is the slight squaring of the shoulders. This spoon has a legible maker's mark or retailer's mark and a worn but legible period engraved script monogram. The... Click for details

Transitional Fiddle Spoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Philadelphia c1805-15
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20180115-01   $17.50


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Offered is a nice early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Shoemaker, circa 1805-15. This piece has a good period engraved script monogram and a clear maker's mark. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is fair at best, with some dents to the bowl and a slight twist to the handle, but with no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of a short-lived style in Philadelphia coin silver!

Attractive Philadelphia Coin Silver Creamer Circa 1825-40 - Maker?
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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20180114-02   Sold


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver cream pitcher or creamer, circa 1825-40, and by style almost certainly made in Philadelphia. Philadelphia creamers and tea service pieces generally are among the most attractive and well-designed in the first half of the 19th Century.

This piece is decorated with milled bands that are very similar to one used by John or Samuel Warrington, and this band has only been observed on Philadelphia pieces to date, although it is certainly possible to find... Click for details

Coin Silver Tablespoon w/Marks of Guy Loomis and Constant Southworth
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180114-01   Sold


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Offered is a interesting American coin silver table spoon by Constant Southworth (a rare mark by a little-known maker), and partly over-struck by Guy Loomis. Mr. Southworth was born in 1802 in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and married there in 1823. By 1830 he was working about 6 1/2 miles away in Great Barrington, continuing there until after 1850. He died in 1876. It is quite likely Constant Southworth knew Guy Loomis (1795-1874), who spent the first period in his career (circa 1816-37)... Click for details

C.A.W. Crosby Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife with Engraved Bird
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3379f   $36.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.

In good condition, it retains excellent form and... Click for details

Alvin "Cippendale Old" Reticulated Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3378f   $145.00


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Charming items, and generally one of the harder to find (or not even available) serving pieces in most patterns, jelly cake servers are characterized by their long, narrow, trowel-like, blades.

This 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., solid silver, example by Alvin is true to form, with a handsomely cut and engraved, slightly cupped, 4" long by 1 5/16" at the widest, pointed serving end.

The pattern is the company's turn of the 20th century "Cippendale Old."

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Superb Set of Three Decorated Teaspoons - Joseph Richardson, Jr. c1790
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20180107-11   $275.00


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Offered is a superb set of three early American coin silver spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr. In my view, there is no more elegant expression of American silver flatware of the late 18th Century than that shown by these spoons. The spoons each measure about 5 5/8 inches in length and the three weigh a total of about 50 grams. Each spoon has a clear maker's mark and well-executed period engraved script monogram of 'LW' within an ovoid reserve. Condition is... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Osborn Conrad
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20180107-10   Sold


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by prolific maker Osborn Conrad, working in Philadelphia circa 1841-51. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 15 grams. It has a clear maker's mark and a large, somewhat simplified but period monogram, done by a novice engraver. Condition is good overall, with some bumps to the bowl but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice usable spoon!

James Watts, Retailed by Bechtel, Coin Silver Mid 19th C Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3375f   $85.00


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Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

There is a handsome, feathered... Click for details

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