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Rare 18th Cent. Tablespoon by Baltimore Silversmith Standish Barry
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190816-03   $100.00


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Offered is a very rare 18th Century American coin silver tablespoon by the sought-after Baltimore silversmith Standish Barry (1763-1844), who is equally known for the silver coinage he struck, and his military career (he served in the Revolution as a teenager, and then in the Baltimore militia forces until late in life, achieving the rank of Colonel and participating in multiple battles during the War of 1812). Barry's work is quite uncommon, and I am happy to be able to offer this tablespoon,... Click for details

Rare 18th Century Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoon by Standish Barry
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190816-02   $75.00


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Offered is a very rare 18th Century American coin silver tablespoon by the sought-after Baltimore silversmith Standish Barry (1763-1844), who is equally known for the silver coinage he struck, and his military career (he served in the Revolution as a teenager, and then in the Baltimore militia forces until late in life, achieving the rank of Colonel and participating in multiple battles during the War of 1812). Barry's work is quite uncommon, and I am happy to be able to offer this tablespoon,... Click for details

Very Rare Pair of Shellback Tablespoons Circa 1790 by Standish Barry
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190816-01   $95.00


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Offered is a very rare pair of 18th Century American coin silver tablespoons by the sought-after Baltimore silversmith Standish Barry (1763-1844), who is equally known for the silver coinage he struck, and his military career (he served in the Revolution as a teenager, and then in the Baltimore militia forces until late in life, achieving the rank of Colonel and participating in multiple battles during the War of 1812). Barry's work is comparatively rare, and I am happy to be able to offer this... Click for details

6 Alvin BRIDAL ROSE gumbo soup spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2401   $425.00


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length 6 7/8 inches, monogram "F", excellent condition, weight 9 oz. Troy, marked with Alvin trademark; "Sterling" and "Patent".

These are find, old pieces with excellent detail and die depth.

Paye & Baker "Poppy" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Horseradish Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3957f   $70.00


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Designed to reach deep into a characteristically tall horseradish jar, this condiment spoon measures a lengthy 7 1/8" and weighs .6 T. oz.

Made by Paye & Baker whose "P&B inside hearts" emblem, and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside, the pattern is "Poppy", which is one of that company's several expressive Art Nouveau designs issued during the first decade of the 20th Century.

The poppy flowers, leaves, and stems are set in fine detail against a stippled background on both the... Click for details

Eight Old Stieff "Chrysanthemum" Repousse Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling

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3956f   $275.00


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Each of these matching oyster, aka seafood or shrimp cocktail, forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the group weighs 7.4 T. oz., or just under 1.0 T. oz. each.

Marked "Sterling 925," the pattern is Stieff's (later Kirk-Stieff, Baltimore) early 20th century "Chrysanthemum," which is a dense repousse design.

These are very early items in the production history of this pattern, evidenced by the fact that the eight are engraved "S(?)MP 1.10.03" in script on the open reserve area on the reverses... Click for details

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Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, "Medallion" Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver

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3955f   On Hold


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Silver in the Golden State published by the Oakland Museum of Art identifies two, albeit quite similar, "Medallion" patterns produced by San Francisco's "Koehler & Ritter" circa 1869.

D. Albert Soeffing in Silver Medallion Flatware notes this same distinction, and further adds that "the output of this medallion pattern does not seem to have been especially large," making this 7 1/2" long, 1.9 T. oz., example rather rare.

Again referencing Soeffing, this line was made in both... Click for details

Watson "Pond Lily" Fort Sumter, Charleston SC Sterling Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3953f   $46.00


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Five o'clock coffee size at 5 3/8" long and weighing .5 T. oz., this spoon was made by Watson, whose Mechanics Silver division "Pennant" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the backside.

The pattern is "Pond Lily," which is a high relief, Art Nouveau design executed with the kind of detail, fidelity to form, and artistic expression which set Watson apart.

The bowl shows a die cut representation of "Fort Sumter" in "Charleston, SC," and so identified. The rendering is precise and... Click for details

Whiting "Italian" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling

Old Friends  
3952f   $48.00


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An 1880 design, Whiting's "Italian" was issued as a primary pattern, and in several variants which were the same as the basic pattern, but had additional engraving.

This 5 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., sugar sifter is in the basic pattern, which has a pointed end with a convex area on each side of the arched handle. Other detail includes a lacy leaf design that is accented by what appears to be a tied ribbon or bow.

This piece has a relatively deep, round, scallop-shaped, pierced bowl with a gray... Click for details

Large Gorham 1883 Sterling Silver Water Pitcher with Provenance
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3951f   $635.00


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Model number "985," solid sterling silver, and made by Gorham Manufacturing Company, all of which is documented by the marks on the underside along with a date letter for 1883, this stands 7 1/2" tall, weighs 26.0 T. oz., and has a capacity of 4 1/2 pints. (See enlargement 3 for a facsimile of the 1882 Gorham catalogue entry).

The body is bulbous and is capped by a tall, sleeve like neck. There is a 1/2" band with something of a woven pattern where these two sections join. Apart from this... Click for details

Whiting "Ivory Pattern" No. 2888 Sterling Silver Cream Ladle, Mint
Silver : Sterling

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3950f   NFS


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Patented in 1891 by renowned designer Charles Osborne while employed by Whiting Manufacturing Company, "Ivory" may be the most impressive line of flatware offered by that company.

Always esteemed by collectors, its "fate" has become clouded by current regulations concerning the material.

This example, a 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., cream ladle is presented here largely to exhibit the pattern and show its merits.

Model number "2888," this has a deep, double spout, bowl, that along with all... Click for details

Whiting "Berry" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling

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3949f   On Hold


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A late 19th century line, Whiting's "Berry" incorporated a variety of fruits assigned to different pieces.

This example is a 7 1/2" long, nearly 2.2 T. oz., gravy ladle that features a blackberry motif. This includes the fruit, leaves, stems, and blossoms of the plant arrayed on the full length of the handle front.

The handle backside is plain save for an embellished Old English "D" monogram and the marks, which include Whiting's "lion" emblem, "Sterling," "9," and the name of the... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Viola" Choice Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling

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3948f   $105.00


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Issued in the mid 1870s, Wood & Hughes "Viola" is a period pattern, successfully incorporating then prevalent Renaissance Revival design elements, as well as borrowing from the Greek and Gothic Revival fashion of the previous decade.

This example is an 8 3/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with an exceptionally attractive bowl with a matte gold finish, bright cut and wriggle work engraved, interior. The backside has a bright gold wash.

In mint estate condition, this shows... Click for details

Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3945f   $26.00


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At 1.0 T. oz., this 6 1/8" long youth fork is heavy for its size.

Made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" mark, along with "925/1000 Fine" appears on the backside, the pattern is "Earle," issued in 1890.

"Earle" is a dense, rococo, design featuring swirling acanthus leaves, scrolls, and floral elements on the handle front, and a plain backside.

There is a reserve area which has never been engraved or monogrammed.

In good condition, the only evidence of use is some rounding of the... Click for details

Coin Silver Spoon Ca. 1815 by Emmor T. Weaver of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190803-03   $21.00


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Offered is a lovely Philadelphia silver teaspoon initialed "H" in period script by noted silversmith and swordmaker Emmor Trego Weaver, circa 1815. This piece measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 19 grams. Condition is fair overall, with a ding to the upper handle and modest wear (take a look at all pics), and a worn but partly legible maker's mark. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a nice piece dating back more than two centuries for everyday use!

Alexandria, Virginia Coin Silver Spoon by William A. Williams Ca. 1820
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190803-02   $24.00


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Offered is a Southern coin silver spoon by noted Virginia and DC silversmith William A. Williams (1787-1846), who worked in Alexandria from circa 1811 to 1834, and then in Washington, DC from 1834 to his death. This piece dates by style to about 1820 but could be a few years earlier or later. It measures about 5 5/8 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. It has a rubbed but legible maker's mark, and a nicely engraved period script "WG" monogram. Condition overall is fair at best, with... Click for details

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