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Pair R.&W. Wilson, Philadelphia, "Tipt" End Coin Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3698f   $34.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge... Click for details

Durgin "Bouquet" Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3697f   $68.00


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A captivating and not commonly found design, Durgin's "Bouquet" is one of that company's first full line patterns, issued in 1875.

Multi-motif, it features a variety of dense, low relief, floral images, all portrayed on irregularly shaped handles with a raised border on the backsides that resembles bamboo. This detail suggests an Aesthetic influence, and is some similar to Tiffany's "Lap-Over-Edge," introduced five years after "Bouquet."

This example is a 6 1/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., sauce or... Click for details

K.M.S Birmingham England 1994 Sterling Silver Swing Handle Basket
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3696f   $145.00


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Contemporary maker K.M. Silver is listed in one source with dates 1982-2012, although a company website indicates a founding date of 1977.

Judging from this example, which is a 5" long by 3 1/4" high to the rim, 5 1/4" to the top of the upraised handle, and relatively heavy at 5.2 T. oz., basket, the firm made high quality reproduction pieces.

This would be a fitting size for candies or bon bons.

This is Georgian in manner, with an oval bowl with raised ends sitting on a square base,... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Lily Large Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3695f   $345.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry spoon.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold... Click for details

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2371   $125.00


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also known as "man in the moon," and "North wind," but whatever you call it this Charles Osborne design is certainly one of the most enchanting pieces of children's silverware ever created.

Length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.67 Troy ounces, engraved on reverse of bowl "Edna from Louise '92", excellent original condition with only the slightest loss of gilding to high points. This item is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Tiffany No. 830 Sterling Silver Caviar or Pate Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3694f   $115.00


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This 4 3/4" long, .5 T. oz., hollow handle knife with a solid silver blade is individualistic in both pattern and form.

Marked "Tiffany & Co." and "Sterling" on the blade, it is a non full line pattern identified by the number "830."

It dates about 1880, which time is reinforced by the "M" (for the directorship of Edward Moore) that appears on the blade, placing the date of manufacture between 1873 and 1891. Furthermore, the dense repousse and floral design resembles the company's... Click for details

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J. & I. Cox , New York, Pair "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3693f   $24.00


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This pair of 5 3/4" long, 1.0 T. oz. combined, coin silver teaspoons are marked "J & I C & C" for the partnership of brothers John and James Cox who worked during the second quarter of the 19th century, from 1817 on, and was continued by John after James' death in 1852.

The style suggests a date from early in their history. They have slender shanks, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," ends, and exposed drops on the heel reverses.

Each one is engraved in a fancy, feathered script, "TM" monogram... Click for details

Large Victorian Silverplate Biscuit Barrel on Tray, Pineapple Finial
Silver : Plate

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3692f   $235.00


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This item is exceptional in all aspects, including form, design, and condition.

With a date circa 1880, and although unmarked likely English in origin, it is a large, oval, silverplate biscuit barrel, with the tin itself measuring 7" by 5 1/2" by 5" to the rim and 7 1/2" to the top of finial.

This is attached to an 8 1/2" by 6 1/2" tray that stands on four, 1" tall, feet, each with an anthemion design.

The body and lid are inscribed with a series of embellished medallions, rope and... Click for details

Whiting No. 26 "Peony Twist" Sterling Silver Youth Fork & Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3690f   $78.00


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Without a formal name, but commonly referred to as "Peony" for the large, single, arched, blossom that appears on the end of the handle, this circa 1885 pattern is also characterized by its twist stem.

The line is number "26," by Whiting, and this number, along with the company "lion" logo and "Sterling," appears on the backsides of this youth set, comprised of a 6 3/8" long fork and 5 7/8" long spoon, with a combined weight of 2.1 T. oz.

Each piece is engraved "Ellen Burdett" in script on... Click for details

Watson Full Figure Heavy "Miner" Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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3689f   $75.00


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Larger than most examples of this piece, measuring 5 7/8" long and weighing an exceptionally heavy 1.7 T. oz., this circa 1895 spoon was made by Watson, whose pennant emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverse.

A souvenir item, the handle portrays a standing miner wearing boots and a hat, holding a chunk of ore in his left hand and with his right hand leaning on a crow bar or such.

The figure is standing on a base that reads, "Struck it at last."

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Gorham No. 3 "Bat Face" Six Sterling Silver Oyster Cocktail Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3688dd   $225.00


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First appearing in Gorham's 1884 catalogue, offered as a set of twelve, "Number 3" oyster or seafood cocktail fork was illustrated in later catalogues (through the 1890s) shown with other exotic designs of the period (see image 2).

The primary feature of the pattern is an apparent bat face situated at the end of the handle. This suggests some resemblance to a boar or devil as well.

Other design details include wings, and possibly toes, wrapping around both sides of the handle.

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Tiffany No. 1338 Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Loop Handle Baby Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3687f   $52.00


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Measuring 3 3/4" long and weighing a robust 1.1 T. oz., this baby or infant spoon was made by Tiffany & Co. and is so marked, along with "Sterling," "m," and model number "1338."

While not a line pattern, it has the plain, clean style of an Arts & Crafts piece, akin to Tiffany's "Gramercy" or "Hamilton," and, as do those pieces, likely dates from the second or third decade of the 20th century.

The handle wraps around to form an open loop.

Never monogrammed, it is in excellent condition.... Click for details

Richard Gosling, London 1733, Engraved Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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Nearly three centuries old, this 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., sugar sifter with a 1 7/8" round, pierced, bowl, had its origins in Georgian England.

While the marks are some rubbed, the maker's stamp is clear for Richard Gosling, London, and the date letter for 1733. Gosling must have been something of a scurrilous character as Grimwade's London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 notes, he was "tried and convicted [in 1742] for counterfeiting marks," although "This fall grace did not . . . put him out of... Click for details

Coffin-End Savannah, Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by Marquand & Paulding
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20181112-01   $225.00


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Offered is an extremely rare example of very early Savannah coin silver by the partnership of Isaac Marquand and Cornelius Paulding, working in partnership in Savannah between 1801 and 1810. During this time, Isaac Marquand's nephew Josiah Penfield was apprenticed to the firm in Savannah. In 1810, Isaac Marquand moved to New York, and the firm became known as Marquand, Paulding & Penfield, operating from 1810 to 1815. It operated in NY, New Orleans and Savannah. This coffin-end teaspoon is... Click for details

Perry O. Daniel (O'Daniel), Phila., "Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon x 2
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3685f   $28.00


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Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52.

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Very Early Pointed-End Delaware Coin Silver Spoon, H. J. Pepper c.1811
Silver : Coin Silver

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20181110-02   Sold


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Offered is perhaps the earliest known piece by noted silversmith Henry J. Pepper, at least by style - certainly it is the earliest I've come across. This piece is a pointed-end teaspoon bearing a period engraved script monogram and a clear mark of H.I.PEPPER, Henry's early mark used pretty much exclusively during his Delaware period (1811-26). It would fit that this teaspoon was made prior to 1815. Please take a look at all the pictures. This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and... Click for details

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