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Set of Three Scarce Washington, PA Dessert Spoons by Jacob Schaffer
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-05   $195.00

Set of Three Scarce Washington, PA Dessert Spoons by Jacob Schaffer
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Offered is a very scarce set of three early American coin silver dessert spoons by little-known Washington, Pennsylvania silversmith Jacob Schaffer (1756-1852). Mr. Schaffer's biographical information appears following a description of the spoons. These three spoons, like most of Schaffer's silver, are characterized by an eccentric style and unusual proportions. They measure about 6 5/8 inches in length, on average, and they weigh about 58 grams altogether. Although under 7 inches in length,... Click for details

Original Gorham "Old French" Sterling Handle LaTema Blade Fruit Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2950f   $18.00

Original Gorham
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An early 20th century design, Gorham's "Old French was a well-received pattern that remains popular today. The simplicity of the lined border, slightly bulbous design provided a visual respite to the flourish of Art Nouveau style dominant in the period, as well as the congestion of some immediately preceding-in-time Victorian forms.

This example is a 6 3/4" long fruit knife. It is an original item, factory made and original issue.

It has a sterling silver hollow handle attached to a... Click for details

Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-04   $25.00

Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
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Offered is a good Southern coin silver tea spoon by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple had... Click for details

Fine Early Baltimore Teaspoon by Thomas Warner w/Interesting Marks
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-03   On Hold

Fine Early Baltimore Teaspoon by Thomas Warner w/Interesting Marks
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Offered is a worn but interesting early American coin silver tea spoon by noted Baltimore silversmith Thomas Warner (1780-1828). This piece bears interesting marks in addition to Warner's maker's mark; the spoon is marked STERG to denote the use of sterling standard silver, and is also marked with Thomas Warner's eagle head pseudo hallmark. This spoon measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. It is an early example of the use of the fiddlethread pattern in American... Click for details

Georgian Irish Sterling Silver Crested Pointed End Teaspoon Circa 1790
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-02   On Hold

Georgian Irish Sterling Silver Crested Pointed End Teaspoon Circa 1790
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Offered is a good early Irish silver teaspoon circa 1790, by a silversmith using the mark J*S. This piece is engraved with an armorial of a leaping stag looking back, which is nicely done. In addition to the maker's mark, this piece bears Hibernia and harp hallmarks. This spoon appears to have been assayed in Dublin. It measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fairly good, with some tip wear and bumping to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. All in all... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Spoon by Jacob Bear of Lexington, Virginia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150823-01   $45.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Spoon by Jacob Bear of Lexington, Virginia
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Offered is an early American coin silver teaspoon by Jacob Bear, working in Lexington, VA circa 1823-60 and then located in Rockingham, VA in 1861. Jacob Bear's mark is rarely seen, despite his long working life. The maker's mark on this teaspoon is a bit rubbed but still quite legible. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. The spoon probably dates to the 1820s or 1830s. Condition is fair at best, as the original monogram has been erased and a later... Click for details

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Unusual Carlisle Coin Silver Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-05   $85.00

Unusual Carlisle Coin Silver Birdback Teaspoon by George Hendel
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Offered is a quite unusual early American coin silver bird back teaspoon by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. This piece is characterized by a transitional style, and probably falls into the 1805-10 date range. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition on this birdback spoon is fair, with the bird about 80-90 percent gone but still a little visible (see picture), and the spoon with some bowl wear and dings, but with no splits or repairs. George... Click for details

Very Scarce Set of Six Carlisle, PA Teaspoons by George Hendel
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-04   On Hold

Very Scarce Set of Six Carlisle, PA Teaspoons by George Hendel
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Offered is a very scarce set of six early American coin silver teaspoons by Carlisle silversmith George Hendel. While individual spoons can be found (see my other listings for one such example), sets of six just don't surface. This set dates to about 1805-15 by style. These spoons average about 5 15/16 inches in length and weigh about 92 grams altogether. Condition on these spoons is very good, with little wear, no dents aside from a few small dimples, and no splits or repairs. George Hendel's... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon with Rare Unpublished Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-03   On Hold

Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon with Rare Unpublished Mark
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Offered is a lovely American coin silver dessert spoon made by Philadelphia silversmiths Jehu and William L. Ward, dating to circa 1837-50. The unusual aspect of this piece is the maker's mark - an oval mark similar to others used in by other makers in Philadelphia, but very rare for the Wards. The mark is mentioned by Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths", but not one example had been found, until now. This piece measures about 7 3/8 inches in length and weighs a solid 32 grams, or about one... Click for details

Delaware Coin Silver Condiment Spoon by Hannah Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-02   $25.00

Delaware Coin Silver Condiment Spoon by Hannah Robinson
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Offered is a good American coin silver condiment spoon (salt, mustard, or something else) by Hannah Robinson of Wilmington, DE (1803-78). See page 250 of the book "Delaware Silver" for a very similar piece identified as a salt spoon, and note several pieces with the same mark (the "H" is worn off this spoon, but the letters in "ROBINSON" match the ones in the book minutely). This spoon is in very good condition overall, with a good period engraved script monogram and a worn but legible maker's... Click for details

Unusual Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150822-01   $15.00

Unusual Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Philadelphia
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Offered is an unusual example of an early American coin silver spoon made in the workshop of Joseph Shoemaker but also struck with a large mark of a "T" - the mark could be a journeyman's, but is so large and placed in such a way as to undercut Shoemaker's maker's mark. As such it is unlikely the mark was on the spoon when it was first marked by Shoemaker. It is possible the spoon was resold by someone else, but the most likely explanation is that it was an inventory stamp within the family. ... Click for details

Flawless Bright Cut Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling

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2549f   $45.00

Flawless Bright Cut Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
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Standing 1 5/8" tall, with a diameter of 1 11/16", and weighing just under .7 T. oz., this is a generously sized napkin ring.

Inscribed M.H.W., Mar. 18, '05" in an elegant script, the aesthetic style floral and fern engraving on a satin matte surface with knurled banding suggest the piece actually predates the inscription by as much as twenty years.

The central band is offset by two troughs which are in turn bordered by imprinted repeating star designs with rolled edges.

Marked on... Click for details

Shreve "Fourteenth Century" 13" Long Sterling Silver Open Oval Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2547f   On Hold

Shreve
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This sterling silver bowl measures 13" end to end, which is long in relationship to its 7 3/8" width.

The splayed and undulating walls are 2" maximum height at either end and 1 1/4" tall at the highest points on the sides. It weighs 9.2 T. oz., which is moderately light for its size.

The pattern is "Fourteenth Century" by Shreve & Co., which name is stamped on the underside, along with the words "San Francisco" and "Sterling."

Characteristic of the pattern, it has an applied,... Click for details

Patent 1855 "Grape" Large, Heavy, Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2546f   $45.00

Patent 1855
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This 7 1/2" long, heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife features two grape and leaf clusters set against a ground that is very similar to "Le Cordon."

"Le Cordon" is a pattern identified with Whiting, although it was not originated by that firm. One online source also assigns this "Grape" design to Whiting, but in fact and again, it traces to another source, having originally been patented by Michael Gibney of New York City. An unpublished reference notes that this pattern frequently... Click for details

Jenkins & Jenkins, Baltimore, "Repousse" Sterling Silver Moistener
Silver : Sterling

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2545f   $70.00

Jenkins & Jenkins, Baltimore,
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Jenkins & Jenkins was the 1908 successor firm to Jacobi & Jenkins, and was itself absorbed by Schofield about 1915.

This novel desk item, a stamp or letter moistener, carries the company name, the words "Sterling 925/1000 Fine," and "Baltimore."

It measures 4" overall and weighs a relatively hefty .9 T. oz., which includes a negligible amount for the sponge tip.

It has a stick-like, flat handle with a rounded end. Both sides have a dense repousse pattern typical of Baltimore silver.... Click for details

W. Brown, Baltimore, Large "French Thread" Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2544f   $110.00

W. Brown, Baltimore, Large
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The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition. There are... Click for details

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