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Alvin "Cippendale Old" Reticulated Sterling Silver Jelly Cake Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3378f   $145.00


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Charming items, and generally one of the harder to find (or not even available) serving pieces in most patterns, jelly cake servers are characterized by their long, narrow, trowel-like, blades.

This 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., solid silver, example by Alvin is true to form, with a handsomely cut and engraved, slightly cupped, 4" long by 1 5/16" at the widest, pointed serving end.

The pattern is the company's turn of the 20th century "Cippendale Old."

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George Fox, London 1864, Sterling Silver Mustard Pot
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Old Friends  
3377f   $165.00


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Although dating from the Victorian era, this mustard pot presents more as Georgian in style.

Having a bulbous, cauldron shape body, it is relatively large, standing 2 1/2" to the top of the lid, 3" to the highest point on the thumb lift, is 2 1/2" at the widest, and weighs a substantial 4.0 T. oz.

The solid handle is a double cee scroll form, with an acanthus leaf detail.

The interior has a gold finish, which is intact on the lid, but some worn in the body.

The lid is engraved in a... Click for details

Superb Set of Three Decorated Teaspoons - Joseph Richardson, Jr. c1790
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-11   $275.00


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Offered is a superb set of three early American coin silver spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr. In my view, there is no more elegant expression of American silver flatware of the late 18th Century than that shown by these spoons. The spoons each measure about 5 5/8 inches in length and the three weigh a total of about 50 grams. Each spoon has a clear maker's mark and well-executed period engraved script monogram of 'LW' within an ovoid reserve. Condition is... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Osborn Conrad
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-10   Sold


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by prolific maker Osborn Conrad, working in Philadelphia circa 1841-51. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 15 grams. It has a clear maker's mark and a large, somewhat simplified but period monogram, done by a novice engraver. Condition is good overall, with some bumps to the bowl but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice usable spoon!

J.F. Fradley & Co. Solid Sterling Large Page Turner aka Paper Cutter
Silver : Sterling

Old Friends  
3376f   $90.00


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Stamped with the cross emblem of J.F. Fradley & Co., along with the word "Sterling" and the number "1815," this solid silver page turner, aka paper cutter, measures a lengthy 12" and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

It has a flat surface, with slightly beveled edges, and rounded ends that taper from 1 1/4" across at the wide end to 1/2" at the narrow end.

Otherwise plain, it has a flourishing, Art Nouveau style, "JA" monogram, suggesting a date circa 1900.

It is in very good condition. There are... Click for details

James Watts, Retailed by Bechtel, Coin Silver Mid 19th C Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3375f   $85.00


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Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

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Polhhamus "Ionic" Sterling Silver Place Spoon Retailed by Tiffany & Co
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3374f   $34.00


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One of Tiffany's favored suppliers before it began to produce its own silver, was New York City's John Polhamus, who was the manufacturer of this 7" long, heavy at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

The pattern is "Ionic," patented in 1860, as marked on the reverse. Other identifiers include "J.P.," "Tiffany & Co.," and "Sterling." Tiffany was early to require a sterling, rather than the then dominant coin, standard.

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Good Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Seal of Philadelphia Ca. 1815
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-08   $27.50


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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith William Seal, born and perhaps trained in Virginia but known to be working alone and in partnership in Philadelphia between 1810 and 1822. He lived until 1853 but the style of his silver does not post-date about 1820. This piece is in good condition overall, with moderate wear and no dents, splits or repairs. It is nicely engraved with a period script monogram and has a legible maker's mark as well as... Click for details

Fine Set of Three Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons by Amable Brasier
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-07   $85.00


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Offered is a very good set of three early American coin silver teaspoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith Amable Brasier (b. 1764 - d. 1842), working in that city between about 1795 and 1826. These three teaspoons are in a fin-less fiddle pattern and probably date to between 1800 and 1810. Each piece is expertly engraved 'EW' in period script. Each spoon also bears Brasier's maker's mark - one mark is rubbed but legible, and the other two are clear and well-struck. These spoons each measure... Click for details

Pair of Coin Silver Spoons Circa 1810-20 Marked "R.Wilson" in Script
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-06   $37.50


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Offered is a good pair of early American coin silver teaspoons marked R.Wilson in script, for Robert Wilson, silversmith of New York and then Philadelphia, prior to his death in 1824. Mr. Wilson's sons, Robert and William, went on to great success after Robert Sr.'s death, establishing one of the most prolific silver manufacturing operations in the first half of the 19th Century. Robert Wilson Sr.'s work is typically marked with a maker's mark of RW in an oval, and is usually recognizably New... Click for details

Excellent Pair of Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons Ca.1810 by John Owen
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-05   $47.50


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Offered is an excellent pair of early American coin silver teaspoons by Philadelphia silversmith John Owen, working circa 1802-31. These teaspoons are each initialed "SA" in period script, and each has a clear, well-struck maker's mark of J.OWEN in a serrated rectangular punch. These spoons measure about 5 inches in length and the pair weighs about 21 grams altogether. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of this man's output!

Pair of Late 18th Century Coin Silver Sugar Tongs - Standish Barry?
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180107-01   $95.00


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Offered is a nice pair of late 18th Century American coin silver sugar tongs marked only with a maker's mark of S.B - a mark given in Belden's "American Silversmiths" to Col. Standish Barry of Baltimore, MD. See Belden, page 49, mark d. for Barry. The strength of the attribution to Barry in Belden is based on stylistic similarities to known Belden work, and the relatively small number of potential craftsmen with the right initials working in the right time period. In any event, these sugar... Click for details

American? Silver Sugar Tongs Circa 1760-70 - Maker's Mark T.H Only
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180106-17   $125.00


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Offered is a nice pair of 18th Century silver sugar tongs dating by style to the 1760s or early 1770s, bearing only a maker's mark of T.H in a rectangle. This maker's mark is fairly crude and doesn't look like a British mark, but the proportions of this pair of tongs look more British than American to me. So, are these tongs British, and dodge paying duty? Were they perhaps made provincially within the UK proper, far away from an assay office? Could they be from somewhere else in the Empire,... Click for details

Interesting American Silver Teaspoon Circa 1750-70 - Maker?
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180106-16   $65.00


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Offered is an interesting early American coin silver teaspoon or coffee spoon that by style appears to date to the 1750-70 timeframe; the maker's mark ends with an "E" that looks an awful lot like one of Samuel Edwards' marks, but I can't make out the first letter. The outline of the mark is right for Samuel Edwards as well, but the drop on the spoon is different from those I've seen used by Edwards. So, probably a different maker. Does anyone have a theory? This piece is engraved with block... Click for details

Solve the Mystery of The Maker of This Piece, and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180106-13   NOT FOR SALE


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Another mystery piece and mark, at least to me! Perhaps I've overlooked something obvious about this crested silver cream ladle, circa 1810-25, but I am assuming it to be American coin silver, probably from the New England region. However, I've had no luck tracking down a potential maker, despite a good maker's mark with relatively uncommon initials. The maker's mark is a crude "SL", indicating perhaps more provincial or small-town manufacture, though this is not dispositive. This piece... Click for details

Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Peter Gallard (c.1800-10)
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180106-11   $22.50


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Offered is a very rare early American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Peter Gallard, working circa 1800-22. This piece by style should date to the 1800-10 period; see my other listings for a teaspoon that is probably from the second decade of Mr. Gallard's career. This spoon has a clear maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram of "EG". This piece measures about 5 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. Condition overall is very good, with modest surface wear... Click for details

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