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Mulford, Wendell & Co., Albany, "Prince Albert" Coin Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2957fM   $30.00

Mulford, Wendell & Co., Albany,
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A firm with a long history in Albany, New York, through several antecedents, Mulford & Wendell began operation under this name c. 1843.

This example of their work is a 5 15/16" long, just over .7 T. oz., youth fork.

The pattern is "Prince Albert" which while often thought of as originated by Michael Gibney, was produced and/or marketed by a number of makers in this period.

Monogrammed "J.J.D." in Old English script set sideways on the handle, it is in flawless condition. The finish... Click for details

Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150829-01   $35.00

Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
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Offered is a good American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Charles Piquette, silversmith and gold pen manufacturer of Detroit. Charles is one of two sons of Jean-Baptiste Piquette, silversmith of Montreal, who came to Detroit circa 1803. Charles and his brother, John B. Piquette, were trained by their father in the silversmith's profession, but it is more likely this spoon was manufactured by someone else and retailed by Charles Piquette, as his focus seems to have been on the... Click for details

1860s Boston Large, Twist Handle Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2956f   On Hold

1860s Boston Large, Twist Handle Coin Silver Cheese Scoop
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This piece is reflective of a style of that especially popular in the 1860s.

It is a large and sturdy cheese scoop, measuring 9 3/8" long, and weighing nearly 2.1 T. oz. The central portion of the shank is twisted, while the end is a broad and flat, notched disk. The surface is extensively engraved and has an area that is engine turned. This surrounds a central reserve that is engraved with an Old English "W.F." monogram.

The backside is plain, save for the name of the retailer,... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "New King" Sterling Silver Nut Spoon or Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2955f   $48.00

Dominick & Haff
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An exceptional design, Dominick & Haff's late 19th century "New King" is a standard bearer among American interpretations of a motif derived from English antecedents.

It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief. It stands in distinction to D&H's first version of "King(s)" by being more intricate and formal, as well as noticeably heavier.

These features are all embodied in this 4 5/8" long, weighty at 1.0 T. oz., nut spoon or bon bon.

It has a... Click for details

Quality Tiffany "Olympian" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2954f   On Hold

Quality Tiffany
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Tiffany's "Olympian" is a legendary pattern among 19th century flatware. Patented in 1878, and so marked on the backside, it quickly became a flagship line for the company, and was never really supplanted by subsequent offerings.

The themes vary from piece to piece, but always portray intricately detailed scenes of mythological figures engaged in various activities.

This example is a 6" long teaspoon. Consistent with the line, it is heavy at 1.3 T. oz. The portraiture is "Diana and... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Grape" Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2953f   $45.00

Wood & Hughes
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While not a documented pattern and not commonly, Wood & Hughes' "Grape" is one of the most expressive of such designs produced in the third quarter of the 19th century.

This example is a 6 1/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon with a large, shell bowl.

It features intricately rendered grape clusters and leaves, with additional acanthus leaf detailing on the top and sides of the handle. The lower portion of the handle portrays stylized crossed vines.

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Choice Whiting "Arabesque" Long Handle Salad Serving Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2952f   On Hold

Choice Whiting
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Arguably the standard bearer design of the overlapping Renaissance Revival and Moorish styles popular in the 1870s, Whiting's "Arabesque" features a strident griffin figure set sideways along the handle. This figure is surrounded by design elements typical of generic arabesque decoration.

This salad serving fork and spoon pair are extraordinary examples of the line.

The scale is immense, with the fork measuring 12 1/8" long and the spoon 12". They weigh 3.6 and 4.0 T. oz. respectively.... Click for details

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Owned by the Tams Family
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150824-01   $35.00

Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Owned by the Tams Family
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver table spoon made by Philadelphia silversmiths Samuel Hildeburn and James Watson, working in partnership as Hildeburn & Watson from about 1829 to about 1834. This tablespoon bears a good clear maker's mark and is also engraved with the name of the owner(s), "Tams". This piece was very likely owned by either Sampson Tams or Williams Tams - these men were brothers, and were some of the wealthiest men in the city in the 1830s and 1840s. The source of... Click for details

Old Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Sterling Silver Place or Dessert Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2951f   $38.00

Old Reed & Barton
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Made by the same company that produced such premier patterns as "Love Disarmed" and "Les Six Fleurs," "Intaglio" stands with those designs as an outstanding, early 19th century, Art Nouveau pattern. As the name implies, the imagery is inset in the silver, as well as raised up.

It is a floral, multi-motif line, with the name of the particular flower identified on the backside of each piece. The flower on this 7 1/4" long place or dessert spoon is identified as a "petunia."

Following after... Click for details

18th Century French Fiddlethread Silver Teaspoon, Paris Ca. 1783
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-09   $45.00

18th Century French Fiddlethread Silver Teaspoon, Paris Ca. 1783
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Offered is a quite early pre-Revolution French silver teaspoon in the fiddlethread pattern, initialed "PE" and marked with hallmarks for Paris, circa 1783, and a maker's mark for Louis Jullien Anthiaume, who was working in Paris by 1779 and continued through at least 1791. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams, or one troy ounce. Condition overall is good, with no dents, splits or repairs. The spoon has likely been buffed at some point as the surface is a... Click for details

18th Century French Fiddlethread Silver Teaspoon, Paris Ca. 1768-74
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-08   $45.00

18th Century French Fiddlethread Silver Teaspoon, Paris Ca. 1768-74
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Offered is a quite early pre-Revolution French silver teaspoon in the fiddlethread pattern, initialed "SL" and marked with hallmarks for Paris, circa 1768-74, and a maker's mark for Claude-Pierre Deville, who was working in Paris by 1769 and died by 1783. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams, or one troy ounce. Condition overall is good, with no dents, splits or repairs. The spoon has likely been buffed at some point as the surface is a bit bright. The... Click for details

Rare Set of Six Crested Fiddlethread & Drop Pattern Spns, London 1794
Silver : Sterling

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20150823-07   On Hold

Rare Set of Six Crested Fiddlethread & Drop Pattern Spns, London 1794
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Offered is a fine set of six English sterling silver teaspoons in the very rare 'Fiddle Thread and Drop' pattern described by Pickford on page 117 of his book "Silver Flatware - English Scottish and Irish". Like the table forks pictured in that volume, these spoons are by the partnership of George Smith and William Fearn. The forks pictured in the book are hallmarked for London, 1795, while the spoons offered here are hallmarked for London, 1794. They are a rare example of the use of any... Click for details

Decorated Twist-Handle Toy or Demitasse Coin Spoon by Mayer & Graff
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-06   $22.50

Decorated Twist-Handle Toy or Demitasse Coin Spoon by Mayer & Graff
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Offered is a fine American coin silver toy or demitasse spoon (it measures 3 13/16 inches or so in length, and weighs 8 grams) bearing the mark of Ft. Wayne, Indiana silversmiths and jewelers Mayer & Graff. This firm seems to have been active in Fort Wayne from the 1860s on. This piece is in the twist handle style peculiar to parts of the Mid-West around the 1860s and 1870s. It has no monogram engraved. Condition overall is very good, though there is a little corrosion in the bottom of the... Click for details

Set of Three Scarce Washington, PA Dessert Spoons by Jacob Schaffer
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-05   $195.00

Set of Three Scarce Washington, PA Dessert Spoons by Jacob Schaffer
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Offered is a very scarce set of three early American coin silver dessert spoons by little-known Washington, Pennsylvania silversmith Jacob Schaffer (1756-1852). Mr. Schaffer's biographical information appears following a description of the spoons. These three spoons, like most of Schaffer's silver, are characterized by an eccentric style and unusual proportions. They measure about 6 5/8 inches in length, on average, and they weigh about 58 grams altogether. Although under 7 inches in length,... Click for details

Original Gorham "Old French" Sterling Handle LaTema Blade Fruit Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2950f   $18.00

Original Gorham
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue.

It has a sterling silver hollow handle attached to a... Click for details

Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-04   $25.00

Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
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Offered is a good Southern coin silver tea spoon by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple had... Click for details

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