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Rare Maker-Marked Coin Silver Napkin Ring by R. & W. Wilson of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190330-01   $75.00


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Offered is a very fine and rare marked American coin silver napkin ring (virtually all are unmarked as to maker) dating to the 1840-65 timeframe and made by the well-known Philadelphia firm headed by Robert & William Wilson. Despite the Wilsons' successful career and large number of flatware and hollowware items extant, this is only the second time I have come across napkin rings made by this firm. This napkin ring is engraved in a basket-weave pattern with a period script monogram within a... Click for details

Paris "French Thread" c. 1825 First Standard Silver Platter Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3823f   $185.00


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This 10 3/4" long, heavy at 4.3 T. oz., French spoon carries a "bearded man with square corners" hallmark for 950 standard silver (higher than sterling which is 925) used 1819-1838, a Paris guaranty symbol with corresponding bigorne, and a maker's mark "LL" with a cross between the letters and stars above and below.

A platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread."

It has an upturned handle with an elegant, feathered script "MB" monogram engraved... Click for details

William B. Heyer, New York, Early 19th Century Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3820f   $24.00


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References indicate that William Braisted Heyer, born 1776, began his working career in New York City at the end of the 18th century and continued until his death in 1828, and for a short while during this time was in partnership with Jesse L. Gale.

Based on its style, with a straight sided, rounded end, slender handle with a slightly tipt backside, this spoon dates circa 1810.

It measures a lengthy 6", and has a weighty feel at approximately .8 T. oz.

Well crafted, it has a gently... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Charles II" Sterling Silver Cream Ladle, "Helen"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3819f   $34.00


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A late 19th century "Kings" pattern variant, Dominick & Haff's "Charles II" features a prominent raised shell on the handle front and concave one on the back, as well as a heavily beaded edge, along with honeysuckle detailing characteristic of "Kings."

This item is a 5" long, weighty feel, approximately 1.0 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle engraved "Helen" in script set sideways on the handle.

In outstanding condition, it was evidently little used as there is no polishing or other wear, and... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Renaissance" Large Sterling Silver Nut Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3818f   $235.00


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Measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a substantial 3.8 T. oz., this is a nut serving spoon with a generously proportioned, four lobed, 3" diameter, reticulated and gold washed, bowl that is set on the same plane as the handle.

The pattern is Dominick & Haff's "Renaissance," which features an image of a Florentine style, north wind looking, bearded figure located midway on the handle and with an expanded version of this set on the backside heel of the bowl (see image 2).

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Whiting "Alhambra" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3817f   $38.00


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Drawing upon Moorish, i.e. Islamic, design sensibilities, Whiting's 1880 "Alhambra" is a non-figural pattern akin to the company's "Arabesque" of the same period.

This example is a 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., sugar spoon with a gold washed, shell shaped bowl.

Never monogrammed, it remains in choice condition. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is bright. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, or burrs, with the only sign of use some loss of the gold, most notably on the backside.

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Wood & Hughes "Cellini" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon w Engraved Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3816f   On Hold


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Named for the renowned Florentine craftsman who embodied the artistic richness of the Italian Renaissance, "Cellini" by Wood & Hughes was issued in 1875 at the height of Renaissance Revival era in American design, and is one of the less readily found patterns of this period.

This example is a 6 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon.

The oval thread handle has flanking knobs at the midpoint, and a raised, repeating bellflower design along the interior margin.

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Unger Brothers "Cupid Sunbeams" Sterling Silver Teaspoon, "Estelle"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3809f   $46.00


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One of Unger Brothers renowned, early 20th century, Art Nouveau designs, "Cupid's Sunbeams" features the faces of two cherubic looking, probably female, figures.

They are surrounded by trailing leaves that flow up the length of the handle of this 5 15/16" long, .9 T. oz., teaspoon.

The reverse is engraved "Estelle" in flowing script, while the front has a small, Old English "E" inscribed in an open area below the figures.

In good condition, it shows slight polishing wear, and a bit of... Click for details

Six Gorham "Old Medici" Heavy Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3805   $360.00


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Full size dinner forks measuring 7 5/8" long each, and weighing a hefty 12.1 T. oz. the group, these six matched pieces are marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the handle reverses, and "Copyrighted" on the handle edges.

The pattern, "Medici" aka "Old Medici," dates from 1880. It is a complex design that features imagery and figures representational of the Italian Renaissance. In this instance the primary subject is a young man in festooned garb with a sword hanging... Click for details

Gorham BUTTERCUP punch ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2395   $350.00


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length fifteen inches, weight 5.67 Troy ounces, excellent condition, monogrammed and marked as shown in enlargements. The bowl remains most of its original gilding and is uniform in color.

For those of you who like us are are fans of comparison shopping, the folks who Replace your stuff also have one of these in stock, @1130.00 dollars(!).

J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3802f   $32.00


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A standard design that was first produced in the coin silver era, and continued after the adoption of the sterling standard in the mid 19th century, "Oval Thread" is a "Pointed Antique" with a tipped end and lined border.

This 6 15/16" long, 1.4 T. oz., example is a place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the renowned Philadelphia firm, and "925" in an oval, for sterling. This style of "925" mark was commonly used in Boston, suggesting this piece may originate... Click for details

Hyde & Nevins, New York (& New Orleans), c. 1817 Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3800f   $35.00


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Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1788, James Nevins Hyde was a silversmith with a presence in both New York City and New Orleans.

This example of his work, a 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with an exposed drop, bears the mark "Hyde & Nevins," referencing his 1814-19 partnership with his cousin Rufus Nevins.

Sources indicate Hyde also began marketing in New Orleans in 1816 or 1817, with his brother-in-law, Charles Whiting Goodrich, moving there in 1818 to support this... Click for details

Arthur Stone pierced and chased serving spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2393   Inquire for Price


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length 9 1/4 inches, weight 3.07 Troy ounces, no monogram, some light surface scratches which we've exaggerated here but fine overall condition.

A lovely complement to any "Berry in Calyx" holloware, this fine piece by craftsman Charles W Blanchard is not a commonly encountered pattern.

Kidney & Johnson, New York, Fixed Handle c. 1868 Coin Silver Basket
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3798f   $385.00


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Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers offers extensive biographical material about silversmiths Edmond Kidney and Samuel Johnson, who formed a partnership in 1868 that lasted until at least 1874.

With working histories for each of them tracing to the early 1850s, they were already established names among New York City silversmiths when they joined efforts.

Their product line was extensive and of excellent quality, of which this 6 1/4" long, 4 3/4" wide,... Click for details

Excellent Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George H. Lewis of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20190303-02   $27.50


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver master salt spoon by Philadelphia jeweler and watchmaker George H. Lewis, working circa 1855-61. This piece has a clear maker's mark or retailer's mark complete with address, as well as a period engraved monogram. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. It is in excellent condition, with almost no surface wear and no dings, dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of the form, with a quite uncommon... Click for details

Whiting "Antique Lily Engraved" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon, Mint
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3794f   $135.00


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Engraved patterns were immensely popular in the late 19th century, probably because the capacity to execute reached a peak in that period, and the technique offered great flexibility in presenting intricate and varied designs.

"Lily," which is actually a "lily of the valley" presented on an "Antique" form handle, was a popular motif offered by numerous manufacturers, none more successfully so than Whiting, the manufacturer of this 8 3/4" long, 2.6 T. oz., berry or large serving spoon.... Click for details

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