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Robert Rutland, London 1823, Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2427f   $48.00

Robert Rutland, London 1823, Sterling Silver Tongs
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Clean and straightforward in design, this 5 7/8 long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of tongs have plain, beveled edge, tapered arms and cup grips.

They are marked lion for sterling, leopard head for London, "h" for 1823, and "RR" for Robert Rutland.

They are without a monogram or inscription, or a removal of same, and in excellent condition. There are no bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs. The grips are free of dents or burrs. The only signs of use are light surface scratches consistent with age. ... Click for details

Frank Smith Arts & Crafts Hammered Surface Sterling Silver Round Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2426f   On Hold

Frank Smith Arts & Crafts Hammered Surface Sterling Silver Round Bowl
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Known primarily for flatware, this 5" diameter, 2" tall, 3.0 T. oz., footed bowl made by Frank Smith is something of an unexpected offering from this source.

It is a straightforward piece, which is consistent with the Arts & Crafts movement in which this stands. The entire surface, including the 2 5/8" base, is hammered. There is an applied rim on the top edge and a rolled rim on the bottom.

There is no monogram or inscription, nor removal of same.

The condition is excellent. The... Click for details

Wendt "Moresque" Unusual Small Sterling Silver Pastry Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2425f   $185.00

Wendt
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Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and... Click for details

Original International "Brandon" Sterling Silver Child's Food Pusher
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2424f   $35.00

Original International
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International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others.

This example is a 3 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., child's food pusher.

It is a completely original, factory produced, item, not made up. The flat blade is 1 1/2" wide and has rounded shoulders.

It is without a monogram or... Click for details

Howard "Hope" Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server with Gold Wash Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2423f   $185.00

Howard
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Saratoga chip servers are by nature highly specialized items and, relatedly, are not particularly common.

Functionally, they have to be large, and that is the case with this example in the late 19th century pattern "Hope," produced by Howard Sterling Company of Providence, Rhode Island, later Mount Vernon of New York. It measures 8 1/8" long overall and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The story of the piece lies in the extravagance of the bowl, which in this case measures 4 1/8" by 3... Click for details

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2422f   $65.00

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin... Click for details

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Fiddlethread Coin Silver Youth Fork by Brown & Kirby, New Haven, CT
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150405-02   $18.00

Fiddlethread Coin Silver Youth Fork by Brown & Kirby, New Haven, CT
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Offered is a good American coin silver youth fork in the fiddlethread pattern, by Brown & Kirby of New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1834-50 or perhaps 57. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition is fair, with a little tine wear and a couple of scratches above the engraved period script owner's name of Printup. This is an unusual name, and perhaps the original owner's family can be traced in New Haven. All in all a nice little coin silver... Click for details

Evansville, Indiana Silver Teaspoon Ca. 1860-67, G. A. Bittrolff & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150405-01   $15.00

Evansville, Indiana Silver Teaspoon Ca. 1860-67, G. A. Bittrolff & Co.
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Offered is an early silver teaspoon made by Wood & Hughes and retailed by Evansville, IN jeweler G.A. Bittrolff & Co., circa 1860-67. Mr. Bittrolff's biographical information appears below. This spoon was made during the transition from coin silver to the sterling standard. It measures about 6 inches in length, and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair, with some dings to the bowl and a slight wave in the handle. The marks are clear and legible. All in all a nice Indiana piece! The... Click for details

Henry Hebbard New York City "Leaf" Coin silver Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2420f   $24.00

Henry Hebbard New York City
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A generously sized master salt spoon, this piece measures 3 7/8" long and weighs just under .5 T. oz.

It is stamped "H H & Co" for Henry Hebbard. Other marks include "Patent 185x," "I," and the retailer's name, "H. Salisbury & Co" for the New York City jeweler.

It is a "Leaf" pattern, similar to contemporaneous designs produced by such other manufacturers as Albert Coles, Polhmanus, William Gale, and Gorham, which company called its design "Josephine." The leaf motif appears on the... Click for details

Fine Pr of Fancy Pattern Coin Silver Master Salt Spoons, Wood & Hughes
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-06   Sold

Fine Pr of Fancy Pattern Coin Silver Master Salt Spoons, Wood & Hughes
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Offered is a fine pair of American coin silver master salt spoons, executed by Wood & Hughes in a fancy pattern, for which I've not found a name. These spoons are in good condition, with little wear to the pattern, and a fair amount of gilding remaining to the bowls, especially on one spoon. The spoons are free of dents, splits or repairs. Each is engraved Mary in period script, and each bears the maker's mark of Wood & Hughes. These spoons average about 3 7/8 inches in length, and weigh 22... Click for details

Finely Made Harrisburg, PA Tablespoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-05   On Hold

Finely Made Harrisburg, PA Tablespoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver tablespoon by noted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Joseph Doll, who worked in Harrisburg from about 1795 to his death in 1818. Doll was probably born in Lancaster in 1768, and was located on Second Street in Harrisburg by 1797. Silver bearing his mark is comparatively uncommon and is uniformly well executed. He is better known for his cased clocks, and perhaps known even more widely as a musical adapter and composer -... Click for details

Early Dayton, Ohio Coin Silver Tablespoon by Best & Son, Circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-04   $37.50

Early Dayton, Ohio Coin Silver Tablespoon by Best & Son, Circa 1860
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Offered is a good American coin silver tablespoon by the Dayton, Ohio firm of Best & Son, circa 1860. This piece measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 42 grams. It is engraved "Smith" in period script for the original owner(s), and bears the makers' mark of BEST&SON in a rectangular punch. Condition is good overall, with some minor surface wear and a few dings and dimples to the bowl and handle; there are no splits or repairs. The maker's mark is well-struck and legible. ... Click for details

Gorham "Antique Engraved No. 8" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2419f   On Hold

Gorham
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Gorham produced a number of engraved patterns on an "Old English" handle. Some of these were named, and others are only identified by numbers.

This 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.3 T. oz., sugar sifter is "Number 8" in this series and is one of the earlier designs, dating to 1880.

These motifs all incorporated Aesthetic as well as natural elements. This has diamond cut leafy details as well as what appears to be a stalk of grass or wheat, all set against a satin ground.

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Fine Early Pair of Xenia, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by William T. Stark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-03   Sold

Fine Early Pair of Xenia, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by William T. Stark
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Offered is a fine and scarce pair of early Xenia (Greene County), Ohio coin silver teaspoons circa 1816-35 (see biographical information below) by William T. Stark. Although Stark seems to have had a long working life, by style these spoons should be no later than about 1830. Each spoon has a good clear maker's mark and a nicely engraved period script owner's initials. Both teaspoons are in overall good condition, with some dimples to the bowl but no large dents and no splits or repairs. This... Click for details

Early Harrisburg, PA Teaspoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810-18
Silver : Coin Silver

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20150403-02   On Hold

Early Harrisburg, PA Teaspoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810-18
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver tea spoon by noted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Joseph Doll, who worked in Harrisburg from about 1795 to his death in 1818. Doll was probably born in Lancaster in 1768, and was located on Second Street in Harrisburg by 1797. Silver bearing his mark is comparatively uncommon and is uniformly well executed. He is better known for his cased clocks, and perhaps known even more widely as a musical adapter and composer -... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph M. Freeman of Norfolk, VA
Silver : Coin Silver

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20150403-01   Sold

Southern Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph M. Freeman of Norfolk, VA
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver sugar tongs by noted Norfolk, VA silversmith and jeweler Joseph Mosely Freeman, working in Norfolk alone or in partnership for most of the years between 1828 and 1871. These tongs have distinctive shoulders and are marked J.M.FREEMAN alone, and so probably date prior to his partnership with his son, and outside the dates of his other partnerships. Joseph Freeman was working alone between 1828 and 1832, 1836 to 1840, and 1844 to 1850. The most likely date... Click for details

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