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Rare Fancy-Back Philadelphia Spoon Ca. 1785 Jacob Frank
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-01   $175.00

Rare Fancy-Back Philadelphia Spoon Ca. 1785 Jacob Frank
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A fine and rare early American coin silver coffee spoon or tea spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Frank, working from 1778 to 1794. This spoon and its rare die-struck foliate bowl decoration are featured in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Hollan; this spoon is the only example I have come across of Frank's work. The spoon's decoration is in relatively good shape, considering the age, and the mark is well-struck and very clear. This piece has no monogram and there is no sign of erasure. ... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Egg Spoon, Joseph Huggins
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141007-01   $65.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Egg Spoon, Joseph Huggins
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Offered is a fine and rare early American coin silver egg spoon by little-known silversmith and jeweler Joseph Huggins, who had an interesting and varied career. Huggins was first recorded in Philadelphia in 1837, where he could have apprenticed; by 1840 he relocated to Baltimore, where he was listed in directories between 1840 and 1842. He appears to have next relocated to Washington, D.C. - In an article entitled "OLD WASHINGTON (Drinks & Businesses)" By James Croggon, The Evening Star,... Click for details

A.F. Trufant, Abington, Ma., "Fiddle Tipt" Dessert Spn.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2242f   $22.00

A.F. Trufant, Abington, Ma.,
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Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition. It remains well-formed and retains a perfectly shaped bowl that is free of dents, burrs,... Click for details

Very Rare Philadelphia Coffin-End Teaspoon, circa 1806
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-11   $65.00

Very Rare Philadelphia Coffin-End Teaspoon, circa 1806
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Offered is an extremely scarce example of a coffin-end spoon definitively from Philadelphia; in fact, this is the only such example I've ever observed. Coffin-end spoons from New York and New England are quite readily found, but the style never took hold in Philadelphia, and is virtually never seen. This spoon was made by John W. Gethen and retailed by Allen Armstrong, who was working circa 1806-16. This piece features good clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. Condition is... Click for details

Early Teaspoon by Daniel Dupuy, Jr. of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-10   $30.00

Early Teaspoon by Daniel Dupuy, Jr. of Philadelphia
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Daniel Dupuy, Jr. (1753 - 1826). By style, this spoon probably dates to about 1805-10. It measures about 6 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good, with some light tip and surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. There is a good clear maker's mark and a nicely engraved period monogram. All in all a fine early Philadelphia coin silver spoon!

Silver Teaspoon by Emanuel Holsey Circa 1820-39
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-09   Sold

Silver Teaspoon by Emanuel Holsey Circa 1820-39
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A fine American coin silver teaspoon by Maryland and Pennsylvania silversmith Emanuel (Emmanuel) Holsey, born circa 1798, who apprenticed with Henry Biershing of Washington County, MD circa 1815. Holsey worked in Williamsport, MD circa 1820-21, Hagerstown, MD circa 1821-23, and Chambersburg, PA circa 1823-39. He died in 1849 in Union County (probably IL or PA). This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. It is engraved with a period script monogram of "BC" and has... Click for details

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Rare Philadelphia Spoon by Browne & Seal Ca. 1810-13
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-08   $35.00

Rare Philadelphia Spoon by Browne & Seal Ca. 1810-13
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Offered is a rare example of early American coin silver bearing the mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of silversmiths Liberty Browne and William Seal, working as Browne & Seal circa 1810-13. This spoon bears their banner maker's mark, although in this case my suspicion is that the spoon was actually made by Samuel Williamson and supplied to Browne & Seal to retail. This spoon has unusual proportions and an even more unusual drop; both features match known spoons by Williamson... Click for details

Huge Tablespoon by John D. Haverstick Circa 1805-20
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-07   Sale Pending

Huge Tablespoon by John D. Haverstick Circa 1805-20
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Offered is a fine large early American coin silver tablespoon by noted Lancaster, Carlisle and Erie silversmith John D. Haverstick, son of William Haverstick Senior. John D. Haverstick (1783-1853) appears in Lancaster records between 1805-09, and then appears from 1811-32 in Carlisle tax lists. He appears to have been active in business in Carlisle, as he frequently appears in the records of multiple Carlisle banks in the late 1820s. John D. Haverstick appears to have relocated to Erie after... Click for details

Early Newark, New Jersey Master Salt Spoon Ca. 1810-15
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-06   Sold

Early Newark, New Jersey Master Salt Spoon Ca. 1810-15
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A fine early American coin silver master salt spoon by the short-lived Newark, New Jersey partnership of George R. Downing and Silas Phelps, working as Downing & Phelps circa 1810 to 1815. This salt spoon has elegant proportions, a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and a clear maker's mark. Condition is excellent, with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This piece measures a little over 4 inches in length and weighs about 8 grams. All in all a fine piece of early NJ... Click for details

6 Hayes & Robbins NY "French Thread" Coin Teaspoons
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2239f   $175.00

6 Hayes & Robbins NY
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Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips.

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Picture-Back Teaspoon Ca. 1801-04, Moore & Ferguson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-05   $40.00

Picture-Back Teaspoon Ca. 1801-04, Moore & Ferguson
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmiths Charles Moore and John Ferguson, working together circa 1801-04. This spoon features a good clear maker's mark and a fancy-back or decorated back of a spangled shell or other similar design. This design is in fairly good condition, and the spoon overall is in fair condition, with a lot of small dents and dings to the bowl, and a fair amount of tip wear and lip wear. There is a period monogram. This spoon... Click for details

Pr. Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons, Marshall & Tempest
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-04   $40.00

Pr. Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons, Marshall & Tempest
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Offered is a fine pair of American coin silver tea spoons by Philadelphia silversmiths Joseph Marshall and Robert Tempest, working in partnership from 1813-65. Despite the long tenure of this partnership, silver bearing its mark is not commonly seen. This pair of teaspoons probably dates to about 1825-40 by style, and each spoon is finely engraved with a period script monogram. Each spoon also has a clear, legible maker's mark, and both spoons are in good condition with light wear from normal... Click for details

Coin Silver & Mother of Pearl Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-03   Sale Pending

Coin Silver & Mother of Pearl Master Butter Knife
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Offered is a fine American coin silver and mother of pearl master butter knife by little-known Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Hartley; his maker's mark is partially overstruck by an incised mark of F.H. See Hollan, page 91 for this exact mark, as the mark on this knife was used in the book. Although Hartley worked most of his career in Philadelphia from about 1818 into the 1860s, he spent a few years in Albany and New York City. This knife is a rare example of a solid mother of pearl handle... Click for details

Excellent Tablespoon by James Peters of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-02   $45.00

Excellent Tablespoon by James Peters of Philadelphia
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Offered is an excellent early American coin silver table spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and spectacle maker James Peters, circa 1825-50. This spoon measures about 8 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 54 grams. It is in excellent condition, with very little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This spoon bears a finely engraved period script monogram and has a clear maker's mark and fineness mark. All in all a fine example of Philadelphia coin silver!

Rare Mulberry Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon James Peters
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-01   $55.00

Rare Mulberry Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon James Peters
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A fine and rare example of the Mulberry pattern most often seen on Charleston, South Carolina silver, but this time on a tea spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith James Peters, working circa 1813-36 on his own. The swage used in Philadelphia by Peters is slightly different from that used by the Ewan family of Charleston, but the two swages may have been made by the same die cutter. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. There is a period engraved script... Click for details

Set of 5 Teaspoons by Brady & Elliott, Pottsville, PA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141004-03   $75.00

Set of 5 Teaspoons by Brady & Elliott, Pottsville, PA
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Offered is a fine set of five American coin silver tea spoons by the Pottsville, Pennsylvania partnership of Brady & Elliott , working on Centre St. in Pottsville circa 1853. See below for information on lead partner William Brady. This set of teaspoons averages about 5 5/8 inches in length and the five spoons together weigh about 88 grams. It is engraved in period script with the name Lee - given the small size of the Pottsville community at the time, the probably identity of the original... Click for details

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