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International "Frontenac" (Lily) Sterling Silver Original Cheese Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4476f   $115.00


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An early example of International's Art Nouveau lily motif "Frontenac," this 6 7/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., cheese scoop is marked with the company's Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet over shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

This is a fully original, i.e. not "made up" (generally from a spoon), early production, example of this line introduced in 1903.

The handle end is upturned, while the reserve area on the front is engraved in a flowing script "EMT" monogram.

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St. Louis, Missouri Coin Silver Teaspoon by Hyppolite Prouhet, c.1850
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210118-02   Sold


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Offered is a scarce example of the mark of St. Louis, MO watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Hyppolite Prouhet, working from the 1840s through at least 1865. This piece has a good strike of Prouhet's maker's mark or retailer's mark, and also has a standard/fineness mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. This piece measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair overall, with some dings and ripples, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice... Click for details

Very Rare St. Louis Coin Silver Spoon by Meyer Friede, Ca. 1849-61
Silver : Coin Silver

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20210118-01   $60.00


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Offered is an extremely scarce example of the wares of Jewish jeweler, watchmaker and silversmith Meyer Friede, an interesting character whose biographical information appears below. This American coin silver teaspoon is engraved with a period script monogram, and has a clear strike of Friede's maker's mark or retailer's mark, along with a city mark for St. Louis. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is fairly good overall, with some dings and... Click for details

Towle "No. 34" Small Sterling Silver Aesthetic Pierced Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4475f   $36.00


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Measuring 5 3/4" long and weighing just over .5 T. oz., this item could be a small sugar sifter or a long-handled bon bon.

It was made by Towle, whose "lion in a T" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the handle reverse, along with "34," by which this otherwise unnamed, late 19th century, pattern is identified.

The handle is long, slender, tapered, and has a raised, wispy, scroll and leaf design front and back sides, which in composition appears to be informed by Aesthetic design... Click for details

Nice Set of 4 Decorated Scottish Sterling Silver Spoons, Glasgow 1891
Silver : Sterling

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20211117-06   $47.50


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Offered is an interesting set of four 19th Century Scottish sterling silver tea or coffee spoons embossed or decorated with what appears to be a grape vine motif, fully hallmarked for a maker of T&Co., and Glasgow, 1891. These spoons measure about 4 7/8 inches in length, and the set weighs about 57 grams altogether. Condition ranges from good to fair, with some two spoons in basically good condition with modest wear, and two having bowls out of round or slightly dimpled. It's still worth... Click for details

Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle by Joseph S. Porter, Utica, New York
Silver : Coin Silver

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20211117-05   $22.50


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver cream or sauce ladle by Joseph Sewall Porter (1783-1862), working in Utica, NY circa 1803-62. This ladle probably dates to about 1820-35, by style. It has sugarloaf shoulders common to Utica silver, and a period engraved script monogram of "DB". It also has a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a later (but 19th Century) engraved date of 1806 to the reverse. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 19 grams. It is in very... Click for details

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Worn Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver

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20211117-04   $14.00


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Offered is a beat-up late 18th or early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Lownes (1758-1820). This piece has a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a worn period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 5/16 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. Condition is fair at best, with some dings and tip wear, and a fair amount of surface wear. There are no splits or repairs noted. I'd rather not see it scrapped, and it could still serve... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Stauffer & Harley, Circa 1859
Silver : Coin Silver

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20211117-03   $19.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon by the Philadelphia partnership of Stauffer & Harley, working from the early 1850s through the early 1860s. This piece is engraved with a period script monogram as well as the date 1859 to the reverse, and may date to around that time - though the engraved date would probably be a little later. This piece also has a clear, well-struck maker's mark or retailer's mark. This spoon measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. It... Click for details

City-Marked Coin Silver Spoon by Downing & Phelps of Newark, c.1810-15
Silver : Coin Silver

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20210117-02   $45.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon by Newark, New Jersey silversmiths George R. Downing and and Silas Phelps, working as Downing & Phelps circa 1810-15. This spoon has a very clear maker's mark and a nicely struck city mark for Newark. It also has a period engraved script monogram. This teaspoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest tip and surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely... Click for details

Late 18th Century Chambersburg,PA Coin Silver Spoon by Charles Young
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20210117-01   $45.00


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Offered is a scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Chambersburg, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith Charles Young (fl. 1791-1833), circa 1791-1800. It is unusual to find such early American silver from a Chambersburg craftsman, and Charles Young's work is rare.

This spoon is marked with a clear strike of Charles Young's maker's mark (see pictures), and this spoon is also decorated with a period engraved script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length, and... Click for details

Whiting "Dresden" Large Solid Sterling Sterling Ice Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4474f   $245.00


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Of substantial scale, this all silver item measures 7 3/4" long and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

Ice tongs (which could readily be used for salad), they have a 1 1/2" diameter embossed bowl with scalloped edges at the end of one arm, and a cut leaf shaped grip on the other.

The arch is wide, 1" across, and reinforced for strength, and without a monogram or inscription.

The pattern is "Dresden," dating from the late 19th century. It incorporates an array of raised, finely rendered, perhaps... Click for details

A.E.B. Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Early 19th Century Footed Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4473f   $240.00


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Standing 4 1/2" tall overall on a splayed, 2 1/2" high, pedestal foot that is 3" across on the bottom, and with a bowl measuring 4 1/2" across, this solid silver piece weighs 7.2 T. oz.

Designed and executed in an Arts & Crafts manner, and likely dating from the early 20th century, it appears to be hand formed, showing, for example, distinct hammering marks on the underside of the foot that carry through very subtly to the exterior surface.

The bowl, which somewhat resembles an urn or pot,... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon with Gold Wash Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4472f   $95.00


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This 9" long, 2.7 T. oz., berry spoon is marked with Whiting's "lion and W" logo, "Sterling," and "Pat. 1891."

The pattern is "Louis XV" which features heavy scroll detailing on the handle margins and shoulders of the large, 3 3/4" by 2 3/4" by 5/8" deep, bowl, which is finished in a satin matte gold wash on the interior.

The handle is inscribed with an Old English "C" monogram.

In choice estate condition, this is without evident wear or damage and has a bright overall finish. The bowl... Click for details

Taxco Uxmal Modernist Sterling Silver Sauce or Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4471f   $85.00


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Measuring 6 1/2" long and weighing approximately 1.7 T. oz., this ladle has a round, 1 3/4" diameter, 3/4" deep, double spouted bowl.

It is stamped "Sterling" over "Taxco," for the Mexican silversmithing center, and "Uxmal," who were apparently a multi-generational family of crafters.

Modernist in style, and likely dating sometime from the middle of the 20th century, it has a plain band, tapered handle that folds over on the end and is twisted in a ribbon like manner on the front.

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Ball, Black & Co. "LeCordon" Sterling Silver Punch Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4470f   $325.00


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Dating from 1850, "Le Cordon" was a pattern produced by Whiting, although the design did not originate with that company.

This 13 3/4", 4.9 T. oz., punch ladle is an early, pre-Whiting, example. It is marked "Ball, Black & Co." for the prominent New York City firm, and "Sterling."

The pattern is a knot design, ending with a bow on the handle front. The pattern repeats on the handle reverse, with the inclusion of a shield reserve set below the knot. The bow is replaced with trailing ends.... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Pastry or Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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In his benchmark work, Silver Medallion Flatware, 1988, D. Albert Soeffing offers an extensive essay detailing his research into the maker of this 6 1/8" long, .9 T. oz., fork, and its "Medallion" image, previously without firm attribution.

His inquiry conclusively identified the "H&S" mark on this as that of Hotchkiss & Scheuder, Syracuse, New York, and the male figure with flowing hair as a young Dionysus.

The pattern was made in both coin and sterling silver, with this stamped... Click for details

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