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Gorham "Grecian" 1861 Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4011f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1861, and initially made to a coin silver standard then continued in production beyond the conversion to sterling in 1868, Gorham's "Grecian" features a solid tubular stem capped with an elaborated anthemion or palmette.

This 6 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., ladle dates post 1868, as it is marked "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Patent 1861," and the name of the retailer, Rochester, New York's "Sunderlin & Weaver."

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Pr. Frankfort, KY Spoons by B. F. Meek; Engraved for Parsonage, M.E.C.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191014-01   $135.00


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Offered is an important and interesting pair of Kentucky coin silver spoons by noted Frankfort silversmith, watchmaker and fishing reel maker Benjamin F. Meek, working circa 1830s - 1870s in the silversmithing line on and off. Although Meek's work is always sought-after, this pair of spoons has something more special about them. They are engraved "Parsonage" over "MEC" - presumably for the parsonage (home of the pastor) of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Frankfort, or another nearby. Church... Click for details

Wm. Kendrick, Louisville KY, "Gibney" Coin Silver Youth Spoon & Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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4010f   $95.00


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Generally attributed to Michael Gibney, the patent for this 1862 eponymously named pattern was apparently issued to Francis H. Gibney. In either case, it has long been identified as a Whiting design.

This matched 6 5/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife and 6" long, .8 T. oz., spoon are coin silver and may predate the Whiting association (later production was made to a sterling standard).

Each piece is stamped "W. Kendrick" for the Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, with the spoon additionally... Click for details

Watson "Lily" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4009f   $68.00


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Weighty at 1.2 T. oz., this 4 3/4" long pair of sugar tongs is stamped with the "crown, W, lion" mark of the Watson Company, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is "Lily," dating from the early 20th century.

An expressive Art Nouveau design, it incorporates a cluster of blossoms at the tops of the arms, and has cupped grips that are imaginatively formed into a gathering of undulating leaves.

Never monogrammed, these are in immaculate condition, free of polishing wear, bends,... Click for details

Antique Sterling Silver Lorgnette
Silver : Sterling

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BNJfolGlass   $125.00


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Nice antique sterling Magnifying folding octoganal lorgnette spring mounted. Measures 4.5 inches open. Excellent condition.

F.W. Cooper, NY, Twist Handle Engraved Coin Silver Berry Scoop
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4008f   On Hold


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Made in New York City, this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz. T. oz., berry server is an exquisite example of mid 19th century silver manufacturing craft and form.

It is stamped "F.W Cooper" for a smith who was particularly known for his ecclesiastical ware, and who as is obvious with this piece, produced to a high standard.

It has a twisted stem joined to a flat, shaped, end that is finely engraved in period detail and with a dedication that reads, "Annie to Mamma Freeman."

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Gorham "Cottage" Engraved Blade Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4007f   $95.00


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An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design.

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coin silver salver, Welles & Gelston, Boston circa 1820
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2413   $950.00


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diameter, 8.5"; height .75"; weight 14.0 oz. Troy; a few minor scratches and dents but excellent overall condition, no monogram, marked as shown in fifth enlargement.

Some similarities such as the ring-matte chasing (see second photo) exist between this and China Trade items which were imported to Boston during an albeit slightly later time frame, (see Forbes, figures 41 and 153), which along with the four toed feet and overall chunky-ness of this item leads me to wonder if Messr's Welles... Click for details

Victorian Sterling Silver Filigree Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4006f   $65.00


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A charmingly delicate piece, this bon bon measures 4 3/8" long and weighs .6 T. oz.

All sterling silver, and so marked, it features an open work bowl that incorporates a series of swirls, leaves, and beading, punctuated by four symmetrically-situated floral rosettes.

The wire frame handle repeats the same structure and motif as the bowl.

In flawless condition, this is without any wear or damage. The filigree work is completely intact, absent any breaks or bends.

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Alvin silver overlay cologne bottle
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2412   Sold


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height 4 1/4:, diameter 3 1/2 inches, no monogram, fine condition, please see fourth photo for mark.

There was a time when folks would actually get excited to find one of these with nicely engraved silver, almost no cloudiness to the glass and no nicks on the stopper, but now we're expecting aught but a chorus of yawns. Go ahead, surprise me!!

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Wendt "Ribbon" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4004f   On Hold


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Issued in 1875, Wendt's "Ribbon" incorporates a dense, repetitive design that seems to draw upon the Renaissance and Moorish Revival sensibilities of the period.

This example is a 7" long, 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon.

It has an oblong bowl with a raised heel and groove in the interior, which is engraved with wriggle work and a leaf motif.

The rim has a flanged edge, and both the inner and backside surfaces retain a portion of an original gold wash.

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Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Full Size Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4003f   $65.00


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True dinner length at 7 1/2", and substantial weight at 1.8 T. oz., this fork was made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the handle reverse, along with the name of the retailer, "T.E. Thompson," Galveston, Texas.

The pattern is "Fontainebleau" issued in 1882. It features a variety of figures drawn from the court of French King "Francis I."

The image in this instance is of a young man in period garb carrying a tray with a roasted bird on it.

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Fine Coin Silver Teaspoon by Edward Lownes Circa 1820
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-05   $27.50


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Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward Lownes - by style and shape, this should date to around 1820. This piece has a rubbed but legible maker's mark, and a very fine period engraved script monogram. Please take a look at all of the pictures. This spoon measures about 6 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest surface wear and a few sings of use, but no major dings and no splits or... Click for details

Very Rare Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Frederick Smith C. 1833-45
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-04   $29.50


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Offered is a quite rare example of the work of Philadelphia jeweler and silversmith Frederick H. Smith, working from 1833 to 1845 with silver, and then in related lines thereafter. This spoon probably dates to the earlier part of his career. It has a very clear maker's mark, and this mark was pictured in the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Smith's output, at least for flatware, seems to have been very small. This piece also has a period engraved script monogram. This... Click for details

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Harley
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-03   $17.50


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Offered is a very nice circa 1850-60 American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Philadelphia jeweler Jacob Harley. This piece has clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal bumps or dings and only modest surface wear. There are no splits or repairs. Please take a look at all the pictures. All in all a nice usable coin silver spoon!

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by R. & W. Wilson w/Star Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-02   $15.00


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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver spoon by the noted firm of Robert and William Wilson, with a star pseudo-hallmark that may denote silver content, or just a quality mark. This piece has clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal wear and only one tiny dimple in the bowl. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a nice useful piece of antique American coin... Click for details

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