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Ram's head coin silver sauce ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2238   $225.00

Ram's head coin silver sauce ladle
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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.84 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement, gilt bowl, outstanding original condition. Concerning the engraving, both the quality of design and the execution are far above average.

Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.

Tiffany "Tiffany," aka "Beekman," Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3002f   $135.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company began manufacturing its own lines, "Tiffany" was also the firm's namesake design. It was later reissued with very slight modification under the name "Beekman," and is commonly recognized as that today.

There is another subtlety to the design that is evident on this example which is a 7" long, weighty at nearly 2.4 T. oz., gravy ladle.

Writing in "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes that the antefix (the anthemion design on the... Click for details

Birmingham, England, 1902 Small Sterling Silver Anointing Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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3001f   On Hold

Birmingham, England, 1902 Small Sterling Silver Anointing Spoon
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Popularized largely in the last quarter of the 19th century and continued in production until contemporary times, anointing, aka coronation, spoons remain popular collectors' items.

This example is 4 3/8" long, not quite .5 T. oz., and marked for sterling (lion), Birmingham, England (anchor), and 1902 (letter b). It is without a maker's identification, but the design may be telling.

Another pointer may lie in the inscription on the backside of the engraved bowl. It reads in script,... Click for details

Rare Reading, PA Coin Silver Spoon by P. Levan Mannerback Ca. 1840-60
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170206-02   On Hold

Rare Reading, PA Coin Silver Spoon by P. Levan Mannerback Ca. 1840-60
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Offered is a scarce American coin silver teaspoon by Reading, Pennsylvania silversmith Prisca Levan Mannerback, who worked from about 1838 (the year of the death of his famous father, William Mannerback) to 1869. Mr. Mannerback appears not to have enjoyed his first name, as his work is always signed either L.MANNERBACK or LMB, with or without the READING city mark that appears on this spoon. The marks on this piece are clear and well struck. The period engraved script "MMc" monogram is... Click for details

Delaware or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by William F. Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170206-01   $35.00

Delaware or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by William F. Robinson
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Offered is a very scarce example of the work of Delaware silversmith and clockmaker William F. Robinson (b. 1810 - d. 1849), who worked briefly in Philadelphia in the 1830s, and then spent the last decade of his life working in Wilmington. Silver bearing his mark is uncommon. This teaspoon bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark of W.F.ROBINSON in a rectangular punch, and has an engraved period script monogram. It measures about 6 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Duhme, Cincinnati, "Twist & Engraved" Coin Silver Large Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3000f   $265.00

Duhme, Cincinnati,
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Tracing to the mid 19th century, this pair of coin tongs are early production items from Cincinnati's premier silver and jewelry house, "Duhme & Co.," as indicated by the stamp on the inside of each arm.

They are large at 6 5/8" long, and heavy at 1.7 T. oz., and combine a variety of period design elements. They may be pickle tongs, for use with a tall caster.

The lower portions of the arms are blocky where they join with the substantially-scaled talon grips.

This area is joined to... Click for details

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Early (1746) Norwegian Master Salt Spoon by Lorentz Hoffman/Hofmand
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170205-01   $27.50

Early (1746) Norwegian Master Salt Spoon by Lorentz Hoffman/Hofmand
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Offered is a rare 270-year old Norwegian master salt spoon by Frederikshald (now known as Halden) silversmith Lorentz Hoffman (alternate spelling, Hofmand), who was born circa 1692 and died in 1767. This piece is marked LH over 1746 for the maker's mark and year of manufacture, and FH for Frederikshald. These marks appear in "Norske Solvstempler" by Jorunn Fossberg, page 29. The third mark may be an assay master's mark, but I can't be certain. It is quite uncommon to see domestic Norwegian... Click for details

Towle "Pomona" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork, Fruit & Cornucopia
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2999f   $90.00

Towle
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Patented in 1887, "Pomona" was produced in a period of increasing urbanization, but the imagery is in substance an ode to rural life.

It features a variety of fruit, including hanging peaches, along with pears and grapes tumbling out of a cornucopia, on the handle.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sardine fork.

The backside of the handle has a small leafy detail on the end. The portraiture of the leaf varies from piece to piece. Otherwise the reverse is plain... Click for details

Heavy and Well-Made, Highly Decorated Victorian English Sterling Tongs
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170204-02   $45.00

Heavy and Well-Made, Highly Decorated Victorian English Sterling Tongs
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Offered is a very fine pair of unusually well-decorated English Victorian sterling silver fiddle pattern sugar tongs, with extensive relief engraving to the bow and both arms, down to the grips. This piece also features a nicely done period script monogram of "AT & MT". The tongs are fully hallmarked for London, 1872, and bear a maker's mark of what appears to be TH over TH. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, including details of the decoration and the maker's mark... Click for details

Lovely Decorated Coin Silver Serving Fork by Bailey & Co., Phila
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170204-01   $57.50

Lovely Decorated Coin Silver Serving Fork by Bailey & Co., Phila
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Offered is a very well decorated American coin silver serving piece in the form of a beef fork, cold meat serving fork, or similar implement. Perhaps this was intended as a sliced tomato server or something similar, as the business end was gilt on the front side. Please click on the picture to see the other pictures. I would appreciate any input if someone is aware of the exact use of this piece! This piece is finely engraved throughout, and has no monogram or erasure. It bears the maker's... Click for details

Arthur Stone large Paul Revere bowl,
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2237   $950.00

Arthur Stone large Paul Revere bowl,
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top diameter 9 1/2; bottom 4 1/8 inches, no monogram, weight 29.4 Troy ounces, craftsman Herbert Taylor, excellent condition.

Stone's workshop made this item in at least four sizes. The larger two required substantial time in the making, and are scarce by comparison to their smaller peers. It is also unusual find an example which has never been engraved, since these were most often made as presentation pieces.

Shiebler Heraldic "Sandringham" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2996f   $95.00

Shiebler Heraldic
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A 6 3/4" long, relatively weighty at 1.4 T. oz. item, this small to medium sized serving spoon was produced by George Shiebler in the late 19th century.

The pattern name is "Sandringham" and the design is consistent with this appelation, in that it is English courtly.

The handle, which has beaded margins, is capped with what appears to be a near exact representation of the three feather herldic badge of the Prince of Wales.

References list the issue date of this pattern as 1895,... Click for details

Gorham Cut Glass Syrup Pitcher with Sterling Lidded Top
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2995f   $135.00

Gorham Cut Glass Syrup Pitcher with Sterling Lidded Top
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Standing 5" tall and 3 1/4" wide at the base, this syrup pitcher or jug is model number "1794 D," as stamped on the silver collar. Other marks include the Gorham "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and a date symbol for "1906."

The body is glass, cut in a flower, perhaps aster or daisy, leaf, and scroll design.

This is all capped with a solid sterling collar with a rolled rim and fitted lid.

The lid has a dome top, a thumb lift attached to a hinge, and is engraved "JMD" in script.... Click for details

Unger Brothers Art Nouveau "Iris" Sterling Silver Plate or Plaque
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2994f   $215.00

Unger Brothers Art Nouveau
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An extraordinary design statement, this 5 5/8" diameter, over 2.4 T. oz., sterling plate was produced by a company, Unger Brothers, that was a pace setter for such work in both silver and jewelry in the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

Essentially decorative rather than utilitarian, it was likely meant to be gazed upon, like a plaque, or at best put into light service.

The entire piece is a representation of an iris blossom. The design is no less than ebullient, with the petals... Click for details

Peter, Ann & William Bateman Georgian Sterling Silver Engraved Tongs
Silver : Sterling

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2993f   $125.00

Peter, Ann & William Bateman Georgian Sterling Silver Engraved Tongs
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Made in London in 1802-03 during the reign of George III, this pair of tongs measure 5 5/8" long and weigh just over 1.0 T. oz.

They are fully marked on the arms for London, 1802-03, sterling, and the family partnership of Peter (son of Hester), Ann (sister-in-law of Peter), and William (nephew of Peter) Bateman, represented as "PB/AB/WB."

It has cup grips, shaped arms, and a slightly concave arch that is engraved with a feathered script "CH" monogram.

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Lovely 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Benjamin Bussey
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170129-11   Sold

Lovely 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Benjamin Bussey
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Offered is a lovely pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by Dedham, Massachusetts silversmith Benjamin Bussey (1757-1782), whose work is rarely seen. He worked from 1778 to an unknown date - this pair of tongs dates to about 1785-95, so at least to that period. He apparently moved to Boston around 1792, and may have shifted his focus at that time. This piece measures about 6 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 34 grams. The period engraved script monogram of "MS" is surrounded... Click for details

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