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F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2980f   $65.00

F. Tinkham, NYC,
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This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of... Click for details

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-01   $30.00

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
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Offered is an excellent and very well preserved American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Lewis Quandale, circa the second quarter of the 19th Century. This piece is in really nice condition overall, with only modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs; it has a mint condition maker's mark. This piece has a lovely period engraved script initial "V". It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. All in all an excellent example of this man's wares!

Durgin Daniel Low "Strawberry" Sterling Silver Strawbery Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2979f   On Hold

Durgin Daniel Low
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A unique form for a strawberry fork, this item measures 3 1/2" overall and weighs .3 T. oz.

Rarely found, these pieces were made by Durgin and retailed by "Daniel Low & Co." (which company also marketed Durgin's famed "Salem Witch" items) as stamped on the reverse.

It has three tines that are 1 1/2" long each and joined at a shoulder that is 3/4" wide.

In sum, the overall shape looks something akin to a short handled pitch fork.

The pattern, which covers the handle and the heel of... Click for details

9 Matched Shell Bowl Sterling Silver Lemonade Sipping Straws
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2978f   On Hold

9 Matched Shell Bowl Sterling Silver Lemonade Sipping Straws
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Each of these nine, matching, straws measures 7 3/4" long, has a shell form bowl that is marked "Sterling" on the reverse, and a knob tip on the handle. The group weighs 3.0 T. oz.

Made for sipping lemonade or iced tea, they are without a maker's mark, but American in origin, likely dating from the first half of the 20th century.

They are in flawless condition, without any bends or splits to the handles, or damage to the bowls. The finishes are bright and even.

Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-11   $35.00

Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
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Offered is an excellent and desirable American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and shell pattern by noted Philadelphia jewelers and silversmiths Thibault & Brothers, working in that town circa 1810-37. By style, this spoon probably dates to 1820 or later. This piece has a good engraved period script monogram and a well-struck, clear maker's mark. The die-struck shell decoration is relatively unworn. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2977f   $55.00

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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A 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this spoon is stamped "dot F.&H dot" for one of Boston's premier silver manufacturing firms of the mid 19th century.

It is also imprinted "Pure Coin," which was a silver standard term used in New England in the period.

It has a downturned, "Reverse Tipt" handle that is elegantly engraved on the front in a design that is similar enough to Knowles' of nearby Providence, Rhode Island, die struck "Coronet" as perhaps to share a commonality of... Click for details

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Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-10   $22.50

Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
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Offered is a nice American coin silver long-handled salt spoon or condiment spoon, circa 1810-30, marked D.OLIVER in a rectangular punch. This mark is attributed by Ensko to a Daniel Oliver of Philadelphia, circa 1805, but Hollan was unable to uncover any objective evidence supporting this attribution for her book "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Nonetheless, the mark on this spoon was included in the book for discussion purposes. I have not been able to locate any additional information on this... Click for details

12 Chinese tea knives by Wongshing, 2nd qtr. 19th C.
Silver : China Trade

Gebelein  
5303   $1,080.00

12 Chinese tea knives by Wongshing, 2nd qtr. 19th C.
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Handles are elaborately carved mother-of-pearl. Length 8". No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent. (see #5294 for 12 matching forks).

Good 18th Century Style Coin Silver Spoon by Henry McKeen of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-09   $25.00

Good 18th Century Style Coin Silver Spoon by Henry McKeen of Phila.
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Offered is an interesting American coin silver teaspoon by Henry McKeen of Philadelphia, working as a watchmaker and silversmith in that town between about 1823 and 1861. This piece is in a late 18th or very early 19th Century style, and is not typical of McKeen's usual fiddle pattern spoons. It may have been made to match an earlier English or American set of spoons. In any event, it is the Old English style, and has a period script monogram consistent with spoons of that generation. The... Click for details

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Alexander C. Morin, Ca. 1820
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-08   Sold

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Alexander C. Morin, Ca. 1820
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Offered is a good American coin silver tea spoon by Alexander C. Morin, a Philadelphia silversmith who was born on French territory and was a refugee from Santo Domingo after uprisings there. He was in business in Philadelphia by 1813 and worked for many years, though silver bearing his maker's mark is surprisingly scarce. This mark is perhaps his earliest and is rather crude compared to his other main maker's mark. This piece has earlier and more florid engraving with regard to the monogram... Click for details

Philadelphia Dessert Spoon by George K. Childs with Rare "G.K.C." Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-07   $25.00

Philadelphia Dessert Spoon by George K. Childs with Rare
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Offered is a Philadelphia coin silver dessert spoon by well-known silversmith George K. Childs, whose work is often seen, but almost exclusively with his G.K.CHILDS mark. Two other marks, G.CHILDS and the G.K.C. mark on this piece, are much, much rarer. I've observed only one example each of those two marks in the past fifteen years, and the mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. The maker's mark is clear and well-struck. This piece measures... Click for details

Harlequin Set of 8 Georgian English Sterling Silver Fluted Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-06   $95.00

Harlequin Set of 8 Georgian English Sterling Silver Fluted Spoons
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Offered is a lovely harlequin set of eight matched Georgian English sterling silver fluted spoons (perhaps grapefruit spoons or perhaps merely decorated teaspoons) by various makers, and all hallmarked for London, in the Georgian period. Although these spoons are all engraved in a 1780s or 1790s style, this decoration was most likely done in the Victorian or Edwardian eras to create a set of fluted spoons that would match someone's existing set of plain spoons. Each spoon is also decorated... Click for details

Mystery Mark Challenge - Solve the Mystery and Win a Coin Silver Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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Mystery Mark Challenge - Solve the Mystery and Win a Coin Silver Spoon
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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable and supportable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition (worth about $15-20) as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there.

This piece measures about 8 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 64 grams. It is marked "R.L" in an squarish... Click for details

Arts & Crafts "L" Maker Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2976f   $65.00

Arts & Crafts
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A 5" long, heavy at just over 1.5 T. oz., item, this spoon is marked "Sterling," "L," and with the model number "60."

The 2 1/8" by 1 5/8", pear shaped bowl is a size typical of a tea caddy spoon, while the 3" long, solid silver, tubular handle is somewhat lengthy for that.

It is fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, with a cast, perhaps lotus bud form, finial at the end of the handle, and a block letter "J.J.D" monogram engraved on the heel reverse of the bowl.

It is in very good... Click for details

Rare Sheaf of Wheat Horseradish or Mustard Spoon by R. & W. Wilson
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-05   Sold

Rare Sheaf of Wheat Horseradish or Mustard Spoon by R. & W. Wilson
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Offered is a very scarce example of Robert and William Wilson's version of the sheaf of wheat pattern; this is an especially uncommon example in that it is a long-handled condiment spoon, possibly for horseradish or mustard. This piece has a good period engraved script monogram of MAMcC and a clear maker's mark. The die-struck sheaf of wheat decoration is still relatively crisp and the piece overall shows only modest wear from normal use. Condition is very good, with no dents, splits or... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon by Benjamin Robinson Ca. 1818-44
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-04   $22.50

Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon by Benjamin Robinson Ca. 1818-44
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Offered is a nice American coin silver table spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Benjamin Robinson, working in that town circa 1818-44. By style, this piece most likely dates to 1825 or after, but could be a little earlier. This piece measures about 8 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is pretty poor, with quite a bit of bowl wear and moderate overall surface wear. Nonetheless worth saving from the scrappers, in my view. All in all a nice example of Robinson's mark with... Click for details

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