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Duhme, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Engraved Four Coin Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4400f   $180.00

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A matched set, each of these four place, aka dessert or soup, spoons measures 7 1/8" long, with the group weighing 5.0 T. oz.

They are all stamped "Duhme & Co.," for the Cincinnati manufacturer and jeweler, and all have the same feathered "TGM" monogram inscribed sideways on their handle.

The pattern is "No. 1," introduced in 1869.

These have twisted stems with flat, oval, ends, which are engraved with wriggle work borders as well as leaf and other period detailing."

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Shreve & Co. San Francisco "French Thread" 6 Coin Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4397f   $325.00

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Very early examples of San Francisco marked flatware, this set of six, matched, 8 3/8" long, 10.9 T. oz. the lot, coin silver spoons date circa 1860.

They are stamped on backsides "G.C. Shreve & Co., which firm according to an entry in Dorothy Rainwater's Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, was established in 1852.

It eventually became the West Coast's premier jeweler and silver manufacturer.

In its early years, however, as noted by Rainwater, flatware was sourced from... Click for details

Durgin "Bead" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4394f   $36.00

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Durgin's "Bead" features a rounded end, "Tipt" handle, the margin of which is encircled by beading front and back.

Issued in 1893, the design's direct simplicity stands in contrast to much of the elaborate, high style, Victorian patterns of its period.

This example is a pristine condition, never monogrammed, 5 5/8" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon with a scalloped edge, embossed swirl base, bowl that in this instance is finished in a soft, satin matte, gold wash front and back sides.

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V.B.&S. London 1896 Crinkled Edge Chased Sterling Silver Master Salt
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4393f   $32.00

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Standing 1" tall, with a top diameter of 2 1/2", and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this open salt cellar is hallmarked for sterling, London, 1896-97, and maker "V.B.&S. in a shield," Vale Brothers & Sermon of Chester.

The lower portion of the flat-bottomed body is chased in an alternating dot and soft scrolling design, while the rim is crimped and scalloped.

There is an engraved "F" on the face of the smooth part of the wall.

In excellent condition, this is free of evident wear, bends,... Click for details

Gorham Actors Fund Fair charitable support spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2422   Sold

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Founded in 1882 by Harrison Grey Fiske, a New York socialite whose life work revolved around theater productions and support of those who made them possible, the Actors Fund (actorsfund.org) to this day gives financial assistance and provides retirement housing to those who make their careers in the performing arts.  

In the early days of this organization, several fairs were held to create an endowment from which they could sustain their work.  This spoon and others like it would... Click for details

Fiddlethread Coin Silver Teaspoon by Oscar S. Jennings, NY and LA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201025-01   $32.50

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Offered is a nice and scarce American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and thread (fiddlethread) pattern, by Oscar S. Jennings, working in New York circa 1837-58 and in New Orleans around 1860-62. The fiddlethread pattern was popular in both New York and New Orleans throughout Jennings' working period, but it seems he was mostly focused on selling pistols and swords in New Orleans during the beginning of the Civil War - it's more likely, though not certain, that this spoon dates to his New... Click for details

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A.E. Lyon "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Large Spoon with Period Monogram
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4390f   $46.00

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Otherwise typical of "Fiddle Tipt" pattern coin silver flatware of its mid 19th century period, this 8 5/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon stands apart by virtue of its exquisitely rendered, high style, Victorian "CMG" entwined monogram.

An inch and a half high and three-quarters of an inch wide, it sits boldly on the handle front. Hand engraved, it employs fine line, stippling, and wriggle work detailing.

In very good condition, this is without damage or evident wear. The bowl... Click for details

International "Cloeta" Grape Motif Knife, Fork & Spoon Place Setting
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4387f   $95.00

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A grape motif dating from 1905, International's "Cloeta" reflects the design sensibilities of its Art Nouveau period. It features high relief, intricately detailed grape clusters, leaves, and tendrils.

This group is a matching three piece place setting. It includes a dinner size knife that measures 9 7/8" long, a fork, commonly identified as regular size, that measures 7 1/4", and a 5 7/8" teaspoon.

This is a heavy line and that is the case with these pieces. The spoon weighs almost... Click for details

Good Carlisle, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Hendel, Circa 1800
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201021-01   $42.50

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Offered is a nice and scarce American coin silver teaspoon dating to around the beginning of the 19th Century and made by George Hendel, a celebrated silversmith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 2009, a tea service by Hendel sold at auction for $90,000. This teaspoon is slightly more affordable. It has a legible maker's mark of GH in an oval, and a period engraved script monogram of TMcM. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fairly good, with... Click for details

Knowles "Angelo" Sterling Silver Bon Bon Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4386f   $22.00

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A delicate piece in both scale and design, this 3 3/4" long, .3 T. oz., bon bon was made by Knowles in its fancy leaf and scroll, "Angelo" pattern, issued in 1910.

The 1 5/8" diameter bowl is particularly decorative. It has scalloped edges, embellished shoulders, a ribbed and pierced base with a central opening that is surrounded by an embossed design that repeats the pattern details. The entire surface is finished in a pale satin matte gold wash.

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Lunt "Dorothy Q" Engraved Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4385f   $32.00

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The first full line flatware pattern produced by Rogers, Lunt, & Bollen, later simply Lunt, "Dorothy Q" was carried forward from its antecedent firm "A.F. Towle & Son Co." which introduced it in 1883.

This example is a 6" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon, marked with the RL&B three part emblem and the word "Sterling."

The handle is "Old English" in style with a plain "Tipt" backside and a front that is extensively and engagingly engraved in a star shaped flower and leaf design around... Click for details

Reed & Barton "Les Six Fleurs" Old Sterling Silver Berry or Jam Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4383f   $135.00

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This 7 7/8" long and weighty at 2.3 T. oz., small berry or jelly serving spoon is an original example of Reed & Barton's "Les Six Fleurs," a pattern issued in 1901.

It is marked with the company's "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem, "Pat. Appl'd For," and "Sterling" on the reverse, all in precise, fine lettering as would be expected of an original piece.

In addition, it is engraved on the backside in an Old English letter "C" monogram.

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Akerly & Briggs NYC circa 1845 "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4382f   $18.00

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This slightly oversized at 6 1/8" long, just under .5 T. oz. (14 grams), coin silver teaspoon is a particular fine example, exceptionally well-designed and crafted, in pristine condition, and with a brilliant finish.

Note: there is one scratched area on the handle backside, evidence of someone confirming the purity of this. Resistant to hand polishing, it could be eliminated by buffing.

It has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a slight "Tipt" backside, high, rounded, shoulders, a plain drop,... Click for details

William Gale & Son "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Fork x 5
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4380f   $46.00

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Patented in 1860, and so stamped on the reverse, the pattern on this 7 3/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is "Italian," which is very much a period design. It incorporates gadrooning, beading, leaves, and an anthemion tip, much akin in composition to contemporaneous maker John Polhamus's "Armor."

It is also stamped "Wm. Gale & Son" for one of the many partnerships of maker William Gale, this one dating 1862-66 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

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Schofield "Lorraine" Large & Heavy Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4379f   $105.00

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Exceptionally weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this 8 3/4" long berry or other serving spoon is marked with the three part emblem of the "Schofield Co." founded in 1903 in Baltimore, and "Sterling."

The pattern is "Lorraine" and has antecedents that predate the company itself.

The handle is a "Pointed Antique" with a slightly "Tipt" backside. The front is engraved in a "Mayflower" design that has its origins in Baltimore and which evolved into a full line of flatware produced by Kirk under this... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Tuscan" 950 Silver Large & Heavy Cheese Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4378f   This item is currently being auctioned

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Lengthy at 8 3/4" and weighty at nearly 2.7 T. oz., this entirely original cheese scoop has New York City origins.

The pattern is "Tuscan," which is an "Olive" variant that was originated in 1846 by Michael Gibney and later marketed by Whiting.

This is an early example of the line, dating from the 1860s and retailed by the prominent firm of "Ball, Black & Co.," whose name, along with "950" for an enhanced silver standard higher than sterling, is imprinted on the handle backside.

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