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J & T Dubois, New York, Large 18th C Coin Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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J & T Dubois, New York, Large 18th C Coin Serving Spoon
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In her well-regarded reference, "Marks of American Silversmiths," Louise Belden ascribes the "J & T. D." mark that is found on this large, 9 1/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., table or serving spoon, to Joseph and Tunis Dubois of New York City, while noting that many other sources attribute it to John and Tunis Dubois. It is also stamped with sheaf of wheat and eagle head pseudo hallmarks.

All sources offer a late 18th century date, and that is confirmed by the style of this. It has... Click for details

coin silver water pitcher, fire fighting interest
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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coin silver water pitcher, fire fighting interest
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height 12 3/8 inches to top of handle; 11 1/2 to top of spout, eight lobed body with ornate floral chasing and helmet spout, weight 26 Troy ounces, some light wear to high points and a few very minor dents (these will not photograph) but fine overall condition, engraved "Presented by the Fire Department of Williamsburgh to Andrew B. Hodges, ESq., late Chief Engineere, as a Testament of their respect for his gentlemanly deportment which characterized him while in the discharge of his duty, Oct... Click for details

Philadelphia Teaspoon by Moore & Ferguson Circa 1801-04
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141027-02   $25.00

Philadelphia Teaspoon by Moore & Ferguson Circa 1801-04
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Offered is a nice early American coin silver teaspoon by the short lived partnership of Philadelphia silversmiths Charles Moore and John Ferguson, working as Moore & Ferguson between 1801 and 1804. This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fair, with some surface scratching and modest tip wear and light dimpling, but no splits or repairs. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine example of... Click for details

Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
Silver : Coin Silver

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

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Large Coin Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Hotchkiss & Schreuder
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There are sufficient examples of Hotchkiss & Schreuder's single entry in the category of "Medallion" patterns still extent to indicate it was a successful pattern in its 1860s period, yet both the design and the company enjoy less prominence today than likely deserved.

This circumstance is often attributed to H&S' location in a secondary city, Syracuse, and orientation to an upstate New York and midwestern market at a time when the silver industry and consuming population was largely... Click for details

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh
Silver : Coin Silver

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

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Good Decorated Birdback Teaspoon by Jacob Kucher
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141022-01   Sold

Good Decorated Birdback Teaspoon by Jacob Kucher
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver tea spoon by Jacob Kucher of Philadelphia, with engraved decoration to the handle and die-struck birdback decoration (described by Hollan as "a husky eagle with laurel wreath") to the bowl. This spoon has a legible maker's mark, a nice engraved period script monogram, with a small letter A added early on, and a nicely struck eagle-back, which is somewhat worn but still quite legible. Feathers are even visible here and there. This piece measures a... Click for details

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
Silver : Coin Silver

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
Silver : Coin Silver

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

Lovely Decorated Coin Silver Teaspoon by A. & C. Brandt
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-05   $50.00

Lovely Decorated Coin Silver Teaspoon by A. & C. Brandt
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Offered is a lovely decorated early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia makers Aime and Charles Brandt, working in partnership circa 1800-14. This spoon has a unique shape and is very well engraved with decorative elements as well as a script monogram. The shape is similar to certain spoons by William Walker, but was probably made by the Brandts. This piece also bears a die-struck shell decoration to the heel. The maker's mark is quite legible. Condition overall is very... Click for details

Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-04   $75.00

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

Coin Silver Twist Handle Engraved Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Coin Silver Twist Handle Engraved Berry Spoon
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This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz. berry spoon, marked only "Coin," with no maker's or retailer's identifier, is emblematic of mid 19th century American silver design.

It is both a sophisticated and stylish item. Slender in look, it has an elongated bowl, a twist stem, and arched, flat handle with a notched tip. The margin of this has delicate roulette engraving.

There is no monogram or removal.

The condition is mint estate. There is no observable wear; the only signs of use are... Click for details

Cincinnati Coin Silver Youth Fork - McGrew & Beggs
Silver : Coin Silver

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

Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Teaspoon, Frederick J. Posey
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-02   Sale Pending

Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Teaspoon, Frederick J. Posey
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Offered is a good American coin silver (many would consider this Southern coin silver) teaspoon bearing the maker's mark of F. J. Posey. Frederick J. Posey (1815-1881) was active as a silversmith, jeweler, watch and clockmaker in Hagerstown, Maryland from at least 1842 until after 1860. He also reportedly worked as a watch and clockmaker in Shepherdstown, Virginia in 1842. This teaspoon is lightly engraved with a period script monogram and has a legible maker's mark. The spoon measures a... Click for details

Scarce Harrisburg, PA Dessert Spoon - George W. McCalla
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-01   $45.00

Scarce Harrisburg, PA Dessert Spoon - George W. McCalla
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Offered is a fine and rare American coin silver dessert spoon by little-known Harrisburg, Pennsylvania silversmith and jeweler George W. McCalla. McCalla was working in Harrisburg in the 1860s, but his origins are unknown, at least to me. He died at the age of 46 in 1866 after suffering from a debilitating illness for some time. His wife carried on with the shop and its operations for another three years, until closing the business at the end of 1869. This dessert spoon measures about 7 1/4... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon, Charles Aunspaugh
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141018-03   Sold

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon, Charles Aunspaugh
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Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known Fincastle and Liberty, Virginia silversmith Charles Aunspaugh (b. 1799, d. 1887). Aunspaugh lived and worked most of his life in Fincastle (and was even apparently postmaster of Fincastle for a period of time), though he spent a few years (possibly in partnership throughout) in Liberty. Little is known about Aunspaugh's life, and only a few teaspoons are known as evidence of his work. This spoon probably dates to... Click for details

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