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Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Harley
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-03   $17.50


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Offered is a very nice circa 1850-60 American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Philadelphia jeweler Jacob Harley. This piece has clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal bumps or dings and only modest surface wear. There are no splits or repairs. Please take a look at all the pictures. All in all a nice usable coin silver spoon!

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by R. & W. Wilson w/Star Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-02   $15.00


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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver spoon by the noted firm of Robert and William Wilson, with a star pseudo-hallmark that may denote silver content, or just a quality mark. This piece has clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal wear and only one tiny dimple in the bowl. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a nice useful piece of antique American coin... Click for details

Heavy 70g Coin Silver Tablespoon w/Fantastic Marks by Edward Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191005-01   Sold


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Offered is a very fine early American coin silver tablespoon circa 1820-30 by Philadelphia silversmith Edward Lownes, perhaps made by John Curry or another silversmith due to the floret marks typical of Curry's work, and the Philadelphia city mark used by several silversmiths. This piece bears a well-struck mark for Edward Lownes, and a nice collection of other marks as noted above. The marks on this particular spoon were pictured in the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. ... Click for details

John W. Forbes, NY, Federal Coin Silver Hot Water Kettle on Stand
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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4001f   $1,000.00


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This kettle is stamped "I.W. Forbes" along with two stars and an anchor, for the prominent New York City silversmith and citizen, John Wolfe Forbes, 1781-1864, son of William Garret Forbes and brother of Garret, both also silversmiths of note. An example of his work is housed in the Yale University Art Gallery and is valued by private collectors as well.

Working in the first decades of the 19th century, his style follows after early Federal period design, as evidenced by this bulbous,... Click for details

Fine Crested Irish Georgian Sterling Silver Platter Spoon Circa 1812
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181004-02   On Hold


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Offered is a lovely Irish Georgian silver platter spoon hallmarked, for Dublin, 1812, and bearing a maker's mark of RW (perhaps for Richard Whitford) and a scratched out retailer's mark. This piece is also engraved with a period armorial of a cat of some kind grasping a broken spear in its mouth, as well as the initials REN to the heel. The initials appear to be period to the piece. This platter spoon matches a salad serving fork from 1825, converted from a platter spoon, with the same crest... Click for details

Good Crested Irish Georgian Sterling Salad Serving Fork, Ca. 1825
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20191004-01   On Hold


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Offered is a nice Irish Georgian sterling silver salad serving fork, hallmarked for Dublin, 1825. The maker's mark is LK, which I haven't tracked down, and there is also a retailer's mark for Edward Twycross (fl. circa 1816-36). This piece bears a good period engraved armorial of a cat of some kind holding a broken spear in its mouth. Presumably this can be tied to only a few families. Pinning down the original owners would be added by the fact that there are small period engraved initials... Click for details

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Wood & Hughes "Venetian" Large Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4000f   $120.00


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A large item measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this spoon is marked "W&H" for "Wood & Hughes," New York City, "Pat. 1878," and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Venetian," which is a Moorish design that incorporates intricate tracery arrayed on an arch-like handle.

The bowl is decidedly distinct in style and scale. Plum-shaped, it is 4" long by 2 3/8" wide by 1" deep, has a central vee running the length of the base, and flange shoulders.

The interior is engraved in a leaf... Click for details

Boston coin silver cup of strong theatrical interest
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2411   $1,250.00


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Edward Holland Hastings was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 1, 1857.   This dramatic christening cup from the gentleman whom we presume to be his uncle, Edward M. Holland, presaged a distinguished career as owner and impresario.

After spending a year at Cambridge High School, he prepared for four years at Philip Academy in Exeter, NH.   Immensely popular with his schoolmates, he was elected class president  and entered Harvard upon graduation.   Illness prevented him from... Click for details

Towle "Orchids" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3999f   $65.00


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Lengthy at 5 1/4" and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is marked with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App'd For."

They are large sugar tongs in the multi-motif, floral, "Orchids" pattern, first issued in 1889.

These have claw tongs and are monogrammed with an "M" in Old English lettering on the arch.

In excellent condition, they are without wear. Pattern detail remains well-defined, and the finish shows a soft patina. There are no bends, cracks, or... Click for details

Whiting "Radiant" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon with Ruffled Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3998f   $65.00


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The pattern on this 6" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., sugar spoon is "Radiant," issued by Whiting in 1896.

An elaborate design, it features a fan-like end with a gadrooned surface, along with a series of floral clusters and acanthus leaf detailing.

This pattern appeared in at least three bowl styles, one of which is a shell form and one a modified shell, while this example is essentially round, and has ruffled shoulders and heel, complimented with an embossed flower swag, all finished in a... Click for details

Knowles & Ladd "Queen" (Strawberry) Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3997f   $65.00


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Measuring 9" long and weighing 2.1 T. oz., this pie server has a triangular shaped, 4 3/8" by 2 5/8" at the widest, blade with flanged shoulders.

The pattern is "Queen," which is one of the earliest designs produced by Knowles & Ladd, later J.B. & S.M. Knowles. It was first issued in 1865, and made in both coin and sterling silver; this is older production to a coin standard.

"Queen" is actually a strawberry motif that portrays three hanging fruit and a leaf cluster set on a handle that is... Click for details

G. Kippen "Sheaf of Wheat" Matched Set Six Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

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3996f   $240.00


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Born in 1790 in Middletown, Connecticut where he apprenticed and then established himself as a working silversmith, George Kippen relocated to Bridgeport, Connecticut circa 1815, in which city he entered into several partnerships (as well as with George Hoyt in Albany, New York), dying there in 1847.

These six, 5 5/8" long, 2.9 T. oz. the group, "Sheaf of Wheat" pattern spoons all bear his individual mark, "G. Kippen."

This design is rarely found in such exquisite condition, absent... Click for details

Fine Pair of Wiliam Baily, Jr. Coin Silver Spoons with Earlier Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190929-01   Sold


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Offered is a very nice pair of Philadelphia coin silver teaspoons by silversmith William Baily, Jr., bearing a specimen example of his early mark, with the Jr. being used while his father (also a silversmith) was still alive. This pair probably dates prior to 1835. These teaspoons each measure about 6 1/4 inches in length and the pair weighs a total of about 43 grams. Condition is very good overall, with only modest wear and no dings aside from one very small ding to one handle (see pics) on the... Click for details

Leonard & Wilson, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Hexagonal Napkin Ring
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3995f   $135.00


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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths dates the partnership of Allen Leonard & George Wilson to 1847-1853 and notes, "The firm specialized in card cases chased and engraved with a variety of famous building facades." Most notably, these facades were of castles, examples of which are pursued by collectors.

This 1 3/4" diameter, 1 1/4" tall, just over .8 T. oz., coin silver napkin ring is marked "L&W" for this pairing.

It is six-sided, with each side mounted with a raised... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Salad Serving Set, Old
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3994f   $375.00


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Monumentally scaled, this salad serving fork and spoon each measure 9 1/2" long, and weigh 3.5 and 3.4 T. oz. respectively.

Early examples of Reed & Barton's "Francis I," they are marked with the company's "eagle, R, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. June 25, 07," in small, fine lettering as expected of old pieces.

Each piece has a flowing script "EMH" engraved on the handle reverse, and a gold washed, front and back sides, serving end.

The bowl areas have ribbed bases and cupped... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Leaf" aka "Shell" Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3991f   $115.00


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An early design in the production history of Wood & Hughes, the "Leaf," often identified as a "Shell," pattern on this 9 3/8" long, 3.1 T. oz., fork dates to the mid 19th century.

A coin silver fish server, this has four, broad, tines, the outer two of which are splayed, with all surfaces including the pierced heel, densely engraved in a floral, leaf, and scroll motif.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning it appears on both the front and back sides of the handle.

The front shows... Click for details

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