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Coin Silver Tablespoon by Eben Whitney of NY Circa 1806-42
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150704-02   $32.50

Coin Silver Tablespoon by Eben Whitney of NY Circa 1806-42
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Offered is a fine American coin silver table spoon by New York silversmith Eben Whitney (biographical information can be found below). This piece measures about 8 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 52 grams. It is in good condition overall, with modest wear from normal use, but no dents, splits or repairs. This piece is graced with a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and the maker's mark is crisp and clear. All in all a fine piece by a New York/Connecticut silversmith! ... Click for details

First Edition (of 1000) Reference - Kentucky Silversmiths by Hiatt
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150704-01   $29.50

First Edition (of 1000) Reference - Kentucky Silversmiths by Hiatt
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Offered is a good useful copy of a fairly scarce reference book relating to Southern coin silver and silversmiths - Kentucky Silversmiths, 1785-1850 by Noble W. and Lucy F. Hiatt. This book, published in 1954, has been to some extent superseded by Boultinghouse's later work on Kentucky silversmiths - nonetheless it is an important and useful work with only 1000 copies printed. This copy is in good shape overall, with some interior and spine markings as an ex-library book; specifics follow. ... Click for details

J. Munro, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Silver Teaspoon
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2504f   $22.00

J. Munro, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Silver Teaspoon
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Canadian pseudo hallmarks frequently mirror their English counterparts even more closely than American ones do, and that is the case with this 5 5/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., silver tea, or actually coffee, spoon.

It is stamped with a crown, a bust, a lion passant, and the letters "IM" and "NB." The letters stand for J. Munro and New Brunswick (Canada) respectively, while the symbols look very much like hallmarks for Sheffield, England.

Munro's dates are from the 1810s to the 1860s. ... Click for details

Important Mercersburg, PA Coin Silver Tongs by William B. Guthrie
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150701-02   $295.00

Important Mercersburg, PA Coin Silver Tongs by William B. Guthrie
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Offered is an important and rare early American coin silver pair of sugar tongs, circa 1799-1805, by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is the only pair of sugar tongs and indeed the only piece other than a teaspoon that I am aware of for this maker. This early pair of Franklin County sugar tongs is quite rare and lovely. The maker's mark is well struck on each arm and the period script monogram... Click for details

Rare New Lisbon, Ohio Coin Silver Spoon, Charles D. Hostetter Ca. 1830
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150701-01   $45.00

Rare New Lisbon, Ohio Coin Silver Spoon, Charles D. Hostetter Ca. 1830
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Offered is a fine and rare American coin silver spoon by little known watch and clock maker and silversmith Charles D. Hostetter, working in New Lisbon, OH circa 1820s through about 1840. Biographical information on Mr. Hostetter and his family follows. This teaspoon is the first and only piece I have seen or heard of bearing the mark the mark used by Charles D. Hostetter - C.D.HOSTETTER in a rectangular punch. The mark is crisp and clear. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and... Click for details

Isaac Speer, Chicago, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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2499f   $22.00

Isaac Speer, Chicago,
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Stamped "I. Speer" and "Chicago," this coin silver teaspoon measures 5 7/8" long and weighs .45 T. oz.

Speer is documented as a jeweler and watchmaker about 1840-70. The style of this locates it at the beginning of his working years.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a rubbed "LH" script monogram on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are overall surface scratches, but no other signs of wear such as bends or burrs. The bowl remains well-shaped and with a pointed tip,... Click for details

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Fantastic Crested American Coin Silver Teaspoon by Maltby Pelletreau
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150627-05   $65.00

Fantastic Crested American Coin Silver Teaspoon by Maltby Pelletreau
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Offered is a fine and scarce American coin silver teaspoon bearing an armorial crest of a flaming tower or other device of some kind, by well-known New York silversmith Maltby Pelletreau. I haven't identified the family to whom the armorial is tied. The Pelletreau family of silversmiths of Southampton, Long Island are famous, the shop of Elias Pelletreau (father of Maltby) having survived to the present day. Maltby began his career circa 1804 in Southampton with his apprenticeship, and... Click for details

Fine Early Mercersburg, PA Teaspoon by William B. Guthrie
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150627-02   $75.00

Fine Early Mercersburg, PA Teaspoon by William B. Guthrie
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Offered is a good early American coin silver tea spoon by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is typical of Guthrie's work, from the early form and period script monogram, to the distinctive roulette-work style engraved heel. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and overall is in excellent condition, with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length... Click for details

Important Set of Six Chambersburg, PA Teaspoons by Charles Young
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150627-01   $395.00

Important Set of Six Chambersburg, PA Teaspoons by Charles Young
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Offered is a fine and rare set of American coin silver teaspoons circa 1805-10 by sought-after Chambersburg silversmith Charles Young, whose biographical information appears below. The spoons in this set of six measure about 5 5/8 inches in length on average, and the set weighs about 76 grams altogether. Each piece is marked with a clear maker's mark and all are engraved with a period script monogram. Condition is very good, with minor tip wear and signs of use, but no dents of note and no... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter, Geo. Shreve Retailer
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2498f   $165.00

Gorham
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Made by Gorham and sold in San Francisco, this 7 5/8" long, just under 1.9 T. oz., coin silver sugar sifter dates pre-1868, which is the year Gorham instituted sterling as its standard.

The pattern, "Grecian," was patented in 1861, and this is so stamped, and continued in production beyond the 1868 date. This is also marked "Coin," thereby dating it quite closely, 1861-68. Lastly it is imprinted "Geo. Shreve & Co."

"Grecian" is a fan-shaped design representing a stylizing anthemion... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Beaded Medallion" Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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2488f   $155.00

Wood & Hughes
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Wood & Hughes thoroughly embraced the classical revival "Medallion" motif that was popular in silver design throughout the 1860s. The company produced numerous variations of it, three of which D. Albert Soeffing identifies in his work, "Silver Medallion Flatware."

The company's offerings were far more extensive than these three, though, with this 6 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz., coin silver, preserve spoon likely one of the earliest expressions of the style.

It features a cast, oval disk... Click for details

Gorham "Josephine" Coin Silver Tea or Dessert Fork
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2480f   $38.00

Gorham
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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf or shell motif that had contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This piece is a 6 3/4" long, rather heavy at just over 1.3 T. oz., tea or dessert fork. It is an early item, marked "Patent 1855," "Coin," and with the name of the retailer, Pittsburgh's "J. Stevenson."

There is a handsome, feathered script "AG" monogram set sideways on the handle.

It is in exceptionally fine condition.... Click for details

PRESENTATION HOOPED CANN, Bigalow Kinnard & Co., Boston (1868)
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Hampton Galleries  
7139   $325.00

PRESENTATION HOOPED CANN, Bigalow Kinnard & Co., Boston (1868)
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Hooped cann by the firm of Bigalow, Kinnard & Co. of Boston, MA (c. 1868), 3-¾” tall, 2 7/8 diameter at rim, 3 1/4” diameter at base, applied vertical reeded band at rim and applied horizontal reeded band at base, incised hoops around body, presentation inscription on front “Jilian Boyce/ from/ Grandpa/ WBB/ 1868”, marked underneath “BIGALOW KINNARD & CO. in incised arch over “BOSTON” in rectangular punch over “STERLING” incuse.

RARE VINAIGRETTE, E & D Kinsey, Cincinnati, OH (c. 1840-50)
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Hampton Galleries  
7367   $1,250.00

RARE VINAIGRETTE, E & D Kinsey, Cincinnati, OH (c. 1840-50)
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Very rare coin silver vinaigrette by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey in Cincinnati, Ohio (c. 1840-1850), 1-½” long by 1-1/8” wide by 7/8” tall, fancy diamond cut and fine wiggle work bright cutting on hinged cover and bottom of box with fancy oval cartouche on cover with script monogram “M.T.T.” inside, thumb grip on front of cover, fancy openwork hinged grid inside, marked inside on bottom “E. & D. KINSEY” (E not legible) in rectangular punch.

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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Hampton Galleries  
7331E   $125.00

SHEAF OF WHEAT SUGAR TONGS, Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-25)
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Coin silver sugar tongs by Abel Jacobs, Philadelphia (c. 1820-1825), 6-5/8” long, lion paw nips, chamfered shoulders, pointed fiddle arms with crisp Sheaf of Wheat in each, minor cracking on each arm where joins bend, no monogram, marked on each arm “A. JACOBS” in a rectangular punch.

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Hampton Galleries  
7357   $125.00

BSKT OF FLOWERS SAUCE LADLE, B. Van Vliet, Poughkeepsie (1830-40)
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Coin silver sauce ladle by Benjamin C. Van Vliet in Poughkeepsie, NY (c. 1830-40), 6- 3/8”long, 1-7/8” by 1-3/8” oval bowl with crisp 10-lobed shell drop on back, chamfered shoulders, downturned fiddle pattern with crisp Basket of Flowers on front, feather script monogram “MT” on front and “MA” on back, marked “B.C. VAN VLIET” incuse on back of handle.

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