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Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon Engraved "Putney" by Henry J. Pepper
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200320-01   $16.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by noted Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA silversmith Henry J. Pepper, clearly marked with his maker's mark and faintly engraved "Putney" on the handle for the original owner. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 23 grams. Please take a look at all of the photographs. Condition overall is fair, with some surface wear and dents to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice Philadelphia coin silver spoon... Click for details

Nice Pair of Coin Silver Tablespoons by Samuel Wilmot, Sr.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200315-08   $75.00


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Offered is a good pair of large American coin silver table spoons bearing the mark WILMOT in a serrated punch, most likely for Samuel Wilmot, Sr., working in New Haven, Connecticut from about 1798 through at least the mid-1820s, and perhaps later. There are several narratives about whether he remained in Connecticut throughout his working life, and only his son worked in the South, or whether he spent a good deal of his career in Georgetown and Charleston, South Carolina. Most likely it was... Click for details

F B Thomas, London 1894, "Pistol Grip" Sterling Silver Banquet Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4161f   $75.00


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A late Victorian piece made in London, England this knife measures an exceptional 10 5/8" long, 3.7 T. oz. total weight.

Scaled for banquets or grand affairs, it has a filled sterling silver "Pistol Grip" handle engraved with an "upraised hand holding a sword" crest, and an original, blunt-end steel blade.

The blade is impressed "Thomas" under a "crown" over "Bond Street," while the handle is stamped with the firm's hallmark. The well regarded reference, Jackson's Hallmarks, notes... Click for details

F. Whiting "Antique Lily Engraved" Eight Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4159f   $130.00


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A popular motif from the 1880s, engraved versions of "Lily," actually "Lily of the Valley" with Aesthetic detailing, were produced by multiple manufacturers.

This matched set of eight, 5 15/16" long, 4.0 T. oz. the group, oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks were made by Frank Whiting whose "W in a circle" and "Sterling" are imprinted on the reverses.

The handles are an "Antique" pattern with rounded ends and tipt backsides.

The fronts have satin matte finishes, which sets... Click for details

Gorham "Tipt" Sterling Silver Teaspoon Fancy "R" Monogram x 4
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4158f   $22.00


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In his benchmark work Gorham Silver 1831-1981, Charles Carpenter dates "Tipt" to 1840, which is consistent with the appearance of this widely produced pattern in coin silver.

This 5 3/4" long, just over .6 T. oz. teaspoon, however, is marked "Sterling," which dates it well beyond 1840. Gorham in actuality produced this design for an extensive period, as this piece evidences.

Other marks include the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "T" which is a weight designation for "trade."... Click for details

JWR 24 Bright Cut Floral Month Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4157f   $8.00


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These 3 7/8" long, .3 T. oz. (9 grams) each, demitasse or coffee spoons are matching items in a series that represent the twelve months with corresponding flowers.

The flowers are bright cut engraved on satin finish handle fronts. All pieces are in mint condition.

They are marked "JWR" and "sterling" on the reverses.

Twenty-four individual spoons are available, representing eleven different flowers, ten different months (with some months in multiple).

Each spoon is stamped on the... Click for details

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S. Kirk & Son "Reverse Tipt" 10.15 Silver Standard Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4156f   $34.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this 7" long, 1.0 T. oz., spoon is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" for the Baltimore silversmith whose name bespeaks that city. It is also marked "10.15" for one of the peculiar-to-Baltimore silver assay standards, essentially equivalent to coin and used 1830-61.

A place piece, it would translate to today's oval soup or dessert spoon.

It has a plain, rounded end, handle with a subtle "Tipt" backside and exposed drop on the bowl reverse. There are high, angular and... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Pair Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4149f   $48.00


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At 4 1/4" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz combined, this matched are identified as coffee spoons in old catalogues, as opposed to generally smaller demitasse spoons.

These are original production examples of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs."

An extravagant design, the Art Nouveau style portraiture incorporates sinuous floral elements that entwine with one another throughout the length of the handles and carries onto the interior cups of the heels.

The backsides are relatively plain, with... Click for details

Pair Voute & Groff, Philadelphia, "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4148f   $34.00


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Stamped for the mid 19th century partnership of Lewis Voute and Jeremiah Groff, clock and watchmakers and silver retailers, Philadelphia, each of these two, matched, coin silver spoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair together weigh 1.0 T. oz.

A "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, they have broad, upturned, ends, high, pointed, shoulders off the bowls, and exposed drops on the bowl backsides.

They are engraved "MEN" in feathered script lettering set sideways on the handle fronts.

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Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Fluted Bowl Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4147f   $145.00


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An expressive and detailed high relief design, Durgin's 1888 "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

The iconography includes a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings that appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly, there is a rearing steed projecting out of a castle turret set below the above images.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, relatively heavy, 1.5 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

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Gorham Art Nouveau sterling ink stand number B2342
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2419   Sold


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width 11 1/4; depth 6 inches, excellent original condition, no monogram, weight 23.4 Troy ounces (!), please see fifth enlargement for mark. The ink holder is a hand wrought gilt sterling (modern) replacement, which we think an improvement over the original which was glass.

A William C. Codman design, identical examples may be found in both the Jolie and Robert Shelton Collection, "Magnificent, Marvelous Martelé," pp. 498-9 and the MFA Boston, accession number 2001.804

Scottish Thistle & Sterling Silver Amethyst Glass Demitasse Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4141f   $26.00


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This 3 7/8" long, scant weight, coffee or demitasse spoon is hallmarked for sterling silver, date of manufacture 1898-99, Birmingham England, and maker John Grinsell & Sons (JG&S).

The firm had showrooms in Birmingham, England, and Glasgow, Scotland, the latter of which may relate to the "Thistle" that sits on the end of the twisted handle on this.

With leaves and a ball formed from silver, the actual blossom is shaped from a piece of purple amethyst colored glass.

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Gorham "No. 21" c. 1888 Set of (6) Sterling Silver Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4139f   $150.00


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A matched set of six 5 7/8" long, approximately 2.8 T. oz. the group, each of these oyster or seafood cocktail forks has a delicate feathered script "R" monogram engraved sideways on the handle.

Made by Gorham, they are marked with a "lion, anchor, G" and the word "Sterling" on the backsides.

The pattern is "21," which number appears with the other marks. This is not a standard line design, but it very much resembles "Versailles" in its dense, rococo style, scrolling leaf motif, and likely... Click for details

Bailey Banks & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Bouillon Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4137f   $110.00


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Measuring 8" long and weighing approximately 2.5 T. oz., this ladle is larger than a gravy and is likely for bouillon. It has a large, plum-shaped, 2 1/2" diameter, 1" deep, bowl with a central vee, flange shoulders, and a matte gold finish on the interior.

The arched handle is an "Old English" pattern with a "Reverse Tipt" end. The front has a satin finish and is extensively engraved in a floral (anemone) and leaf design.

The engraving extends onto the flange of the bowl, and into the... Click for details

Davis & Galt Aesthetic Floral & Scroll Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4136f   $36.00


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A Philadelphia firm, Davis & Galt was a short-lived operation that produced a number of unnamed patterns.

The design on this 6" long, .9 T. oz., sugar spoon marked with the company's "fleur-de-lis" symbol, "Sterling," and "Pat. Jul 17. 1888," was likely the first of its designs, given 1888 was the year the "fleur-de-lis" hallmark was trademarked.

The pattern is comprised of a spray of flower blossoms set on a leafy swirl that resembles a cornucopia.

The design reflects an Aesthetic... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Intaglio" Peony Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4134f   $60.00


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A weighty piece, this 7 1/4" long. 1.4 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Reed & Barton whose "eagle R lion" emblem and the word "Sterling" appear on the handle backside.

The pattern is "Intaglio," which is one of several dramatic Art Nouveau patterns that the company issued in the first decade of the 20th century.

It is a multi-motif floral design that, apropos of the name, is carved into the surface as well as raised up, all contributing to an overall sculptural quality.... Click for details

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