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"Bow" or "Ribbon" Coin Silver Engraved Pastry Fork
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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   $40.00

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, which suggests a relationship between these two parties.

A straightforward, down-turned "Reverse... Click for details

Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
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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
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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

Pr. of tablespoons by Wm. Kendrick, KY
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Gebelein  
4260   $100.00

Pr. of tablespoons by Wm. Kendrick, KY
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Fiddle, upturned handles, chamfered finsength 8-3/4", tipt, drop. Length 8-3/4". Wt. of pair 3.15 troy ounces. The monogram is a lengthwise script JEBP. Overall and mark condition are excellent (minor dents in bowls).

Lancaster Teaspoon with Banner Mark of the Zahm Family
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141106-03   $25.00

Lancaster Teaspoon with Banner Mark of the Zahm Family
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by Lancaster silversmiths, watchmakers and jewelers Henry L. Zahm and Edward J. Zahm, brothers who entered into partnership sometime in the 1854-66 timeframe. This spoon bears what might be the partnership's earliest maker's mark, and certainly its most appealing. This piece is also engraved with a period script monogram. It measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is excellent, with modest wear from normal use... Click for details

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Fine Large Pair of Tablespoons by Harvey Lewis Ca. 1825
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141106-01   $75.00

Fine Large Pair of Tablespoons by Harvey Lewis Ca. 1825
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Offered is a fine pair of early American coin silver table spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith Harvey Lewis. Mr. Lewis is known for his Empire and late Neoclassical silver; his career spanned the period 1802-25, though he may have worked as late as 1827, whereupon he became ill and largely retired. He died about 1835. These tablespoons measure a little over 9 inches in length, and together weigh about 100 grams. They are monogrammed with a period engraved script "SJ" or ""SI". Condition... Click for details

Kidney & Johnson "Medallion" Coin Ice Cream Spoon
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2271f   $45.00

Kidney & Johnson
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Edmond Kidney of New York City was the organizing principal of several partnerships that spanned the years 1853 to the mid 1870s. This 6" long, T. oz., coin silver spoon is marked "K&J" for the last of these associations, Kidney & Johnson, which dates from 1868.

The pattern is a "Medallion," which in this case features a left-facing, classical, female figure. The handle has a twist stem, while the bowl is elongated and has a ribbed interior. This is large for an ice cream spoon, but the... Click for details

Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Hudson Valley, NY
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141101-01   $27.50

Coin Silver Master Butter Knife - Hudson Valley, NY
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Offered is a fine American coin silver master butter knife made by Wood & Hughes and retailed by noted clockmaker Louis P. Juvet, whose biographical information follows this item's description. This nicely made master butter knife has a period engraved monogram and legible marks. It measures about 7 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is very good with modest wear but no dents or repairs. A fine and useful piece from the Hudson Valley! Mr. Juvet was born and trained... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy Engraved" Sterling Dessert Spoon
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2267f   $65.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is... Click for details

Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141027-01   $27.50

Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
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Offered is a fine early 19th Century American coin silver spoon by noted Baltimore silversmith Littleton Holland, bearing assay marks for either 1817 or 1823 (identical marks and probably the same dies were used for those two years). More information on Baltimore's short-lived assay system appears below. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and hallmarks, and an engraved period script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair... Click for details

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141023-01   $22.50

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh
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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh of Bethlehem, PA. This piece is a little over 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon has a good clear mark and a well-executed period script monogram, as well as an early script engraved mono to the reverse. Condition is fair overall, though the bowl has two small splits (pictured) and is somewhat out of round. All in all a nice piece with a great maker's mark! Biographical information for Mr.... Click for details

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141021-02   $35.00

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Offered is a very fine early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Harrisburg craftsman George Beatty. Beatty seems to have focused mainly on clocks, and his silver generally bears the "Philadelphia Eagle" manufacturer's mark, thought to have been in use between 1825 and 1850. Biographical information on Mr. Beatty follows the description of this piece. This spoon is engraved "R.McClure" in period script and has good legible mark. It measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and... Click for details

Heavy Forks by James H. Kelly of Pottsville and Lebanon
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141021-01   $125.00

Heavy Forks by James H. Kelly of Pottsville and Lebanon
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Offered is a set of three heavy coin silver table forks by little-known Pottsville and Lebanon, Pennsylvania jeweler James H. Kelly. The first mention I have found of Kelly is a newspaper advertisement run in 1846 by Kelly, seeking an apprentice watchmaker to work with him in Pottsville. Mr. Kelly stayed in Pottsville until at least the late 1850s, as his son was born in Pottsville in 1855 and the family relocated to Lebanon, PA when the son was "quite small." In Lebanon, James H. Kelly... Click for details

Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-04   $60.00

Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
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Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by Lititz silversmith and watchmaker Francis (Frantz) Lewis Lennert. See below for biographical information on this interesting craftsman. This piece is in good condition, with a dent to the bowl but little wear and no splits or repairs. This spoon has a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and a good legible maker's mark. There is also a later engraved monogram to the reverse. This piece measures about 6 1/4 inches in... Click for details

Cincinnati Coin Silver Youth Fork - McGrew & Beggs
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-03   $35.00

Cincinnati Coin Silver Youth Fork - McGrew & Beggs
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Offered is a fine and scarce early American coin silver youth fork by the partnership of McGrew & Beggs. Wilson McGrew and Joseph P. Beggs were the partners in this watchmaking and jewelry firm active in Cincinnati, Ohio from ca. 1843 to ca. 1848. This fork measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is good, with some time wear but no splits or repairs. This piece features a good clear maker's mark and has no monogram or obvious sign of erasure. All in all a... Click for details

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