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Good Decorated Birdback Teaspoon by Jacob Kucher
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141022-01   $75.00

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

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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   $145.00

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

Early Gettysburg Coin Silver Teaspoon - William W. Bell
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141018-02   $75.00

Early Gettysburg Coin Silver Teaspoon - William W. Bell
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Offered is a very scarce and interesting example of the American coin silver wares made by early 19th Century silversmith, jeweler and clock and watch maker William W. Bell (1777-1842). In addition to his career as a silversmith, Mr. Bell also had other pursuits - he is noted as having been an officer (Ensign) in the War of 1812, and he was the appointed Postmaster for Gettysburg from 1829-41. Bell appears to have worked his entire career (about 1800 to his death in 1842) in Gettysburg, and... Click for details

Fine Maryland? Tablespoon, Maker's Mark & Union Shield
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141018-01   Sold

Fine Maryland? Tablespoon, Maker's Mark & Union Shield
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Offered is a fine American coin silver table spoon circa 1825-50, marked "Jacob" in italicised letters in a conforming punch, with pseudo-hallmarks or manufacturer's marks of a Union shield and the letter "S". I've not come across a Union shield mark like this before, but think it is likely the work of a Maryland silversmith. George Jacob of Baltimore may be a possibility, but there may be other candidates. This piece has no monogram or sign of erasure. It measures about 8 7/8 inches in... Click for details

Edward Rockwell NYC Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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2252f   $90.00

Edward Rockwell NYC Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tongs
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This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.

Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.

This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14. It has a broad... Click for details

Large Gorham "Cottage" Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2246f   $85.00

Large Gorham
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is... Click for details

Choice 1860s Hotchkiss & Schreuder Coin Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Choice 1860s Hotchkiss & Schreuder Coin Berry Spoon
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The partnership of Hotchkiss & Schreuder, Syracuse, New York, is listed with working dates c. 1857-71. The style of this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., coin silver berry spoon with an early "H&S" maker's mark, fully reflects the aesthetics of that period.

It is a high quality example in mint condition. The handle stem is twisted and leads to a sculpted-border, broad, flat, upturned end that is decorated with engine turning, bright cut engraving, and wriggle work, front and back sides. There is... Click for details

Good Rounded End Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Richards
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-05   $22.50

Good Rounded End Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Richards
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A fine late 18th or early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Richards, working circa 1793-1818. This spoon has a nicely executed period engraved script monogram and a well-struck maker's mark. This spoon is in good condition with a minor dimple or two, but no serious dents and no splits or repairs. There is some wear and scratching to the surface that can be seen above the maker's mark on the reverse of the spoon. All in all a good piece of... Click for details

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