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Stebbins & Co. Pat. 1848 "Gothic" Coin Silver Place Spoon x 4
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3862f   $28.00


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One of four available, varying in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 T. oz., this 6 3/4" long place, aka dessert or oval soup spoon, is marked "Stebbins & Co.," for the mid 19th century firm operated by William Stebbins, successor to his brother Edwin.

It is also stamped "Patent 1848," which is the date of the "Gothic" style pattern, as designed by Abraham Wood of the New York City firm A&W Wood.

The handle is engraved "Williams" in cursive lettering.

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Pair Large Footed Circa 1870 Sterling Silver Master Salts
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3860f   $175.00


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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

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Manchester Georgian Style Solid Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Shakers
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3858f   $125.00


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Finely crafted, each of this matched pair of sterling silver baluster form shakers measures 5" high, with the pair weighing 4.9 T. oz.

"Georgian Revival" in style, they stand on solid, not weighted, footed bases, and have screw, not sleeve, caps with simple flame finials and slightly different sized holes to accommodate the salt and pepper grains.

Made by Manchester Silver Company of Providence, Rhode Island, they date from the early decades of the 20th century.

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Excellent and Rare PA Coin Silver Spoon by John D. Haverstick Ca. 1810
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190427-01   $50.00


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Offered is a lovely example of the work of Pennsylvania silversmith John D. Haverstick, a member of the celebrated Haverstick family of silversmiths. John D. Haverstick was working in Lancaster circa 1805-09; in Carlisle circa 1809-25; and in Erie after 1825. This probably dates to the Carlisle period, but could be a late Lancaster piece. It is a finless fiddle pattern teaspoon with a a well-struck and clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram of "SA", done in a distinctive... Click for details

Fine Pair of Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Tablespoons by George Beatty
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190425-01   On Hold


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Offered is a very fine pair of early American coin silver table spoons bearing the mark of Harrisburg craftsman George Beatty. Beatty seems to have focused mainly on clocks, and his silver generally bears the "Philadelphia Eagle" manufacturer's mark, thought to have been in use between 1825 and 1850. Biographical information on Mr. Beatty follows the description of this piece. These large and heavy spoons are engraved with a period script monogram, and each piece is graced with a well-struck,... Click for details

Benjamin & Samuel Demilt NYC "Kings" Coin Silver "Julia" Place Spoon
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3855f   $26.00


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A 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert piece, this spoon traces to the early decades of the 19th century.

It is marked "B&SD" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt. Multiple sources date this New York City partnership to 1820-35.

It also has a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on such marks attributes to an unknown NYC maker.

The pattern is a "Kings" design on an hourglass shaped handle with a plain reverse save for the marks. The bowl has a shell back.

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Rare Decorated 18th Century Tablespoon by William Ball of Baltimore
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20190424-02   $75.00


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Offered is a nice example of the work of the celebrated Baltimore silversmith William Ball (working circa 1789-1815), whose work is surprisingly scarce. This is the first piece of his that I've come across. This piece is marked with Ball's maker's mark twice, and the clearer of the two marks is pictured here (see all pictures by clicking on the first one). This spoon is also graced with a period engraved script monogram and a nicely decorated handle. This piece measures about 8 7/8 inches in... Click for details

Pair of Teaspoons by J.BELL of New York - But Which J. Bell?
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180424-01   $29.50


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Offered is a nice pair of New York coin silver teaspoons circa 1825-40 by J.BELL with pseudo-hallmarks; this mark has sometimes been given to John Bell of New York City, but he seems to have worked too early for the style of these spoons unless they were in the last year or two of his career. There were also at least two J. Bells working in Ogdensburg, NY between 1810 and 1850 or 60, and this could be the mark of one of those men. In any event, these are two nicely marked spoons with a good... Click for details

Pierre Queille, Paris 1834-46, Crested .950 Silver Large Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3848f   $125.00


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To a European scale, meaning large compared to a typical American counterpart, this French fork measures 8 1/16" long and weighs a massive 2.8 T. oz.

It is stamped with a first standard Minerva, indicating .950 purity silver vs. sterling at .925, and "P, spade, Q" in a caret for well documented maker Pierre Queille, 1834-46, and a bigorne assay mark.

Having a double lined, fiddle-shaped handle, the pattern incorporates a leaf and flower motif at the front and backside handle ends as well... Click for details

Alvin "Majestic" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3847f   $48.00


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Issued in 1900, Alvin's "Majestic" was a multi-motif line of Art Nouveau flatware that featured a variety of floral themes.

This example is a 5 5/8" long, substantial weight at approximately 1.3 T. oz., cream or sauce ladle.

The flower is narcissus or daffodil and is represented by a number of blossoms on the handle front and leaves and buds on the backside.

The 1 7/8" wide by 1 1/2" back to front by 1/2" deep bowl has three lobes and a scalloped edge.

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A.E. Warner, Baltimore, "Jenny Lind," 11 Standard Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3846f   $46.00


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"Jenny Lind" was a pattern first introduced by New York City's Albert Coles in 1850, although numerous contemporaneous manufacturers took up the design, leaving extant pieces that bear a variety of makers' marks.

This example, a 7 1/4", weighty at 1.5 T. oz., place, aka oval soup or dessert, spoon is a rarity though in that it is stamped "11" (one of Baltimore's individualized standard marks, for a .917 silver content, midway between coin and sterling) and "A.E.W" for Baltimore's Andrew... Click for details

Kirk "Wadefield" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3845f   $55.00


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One of Kirk's earliest patterns, "Wadefield," essentially a "Pointed Antique" design, was introduced in 1850 and continued in production for nearly a century and one half.

The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in like-new condition, showing no... Click for details

Gorham "Henry II" Bailey, Banks & Biddle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3844f   $65.00


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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3843f   $175.00


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This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D. Albert Soeffing in his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatewarenotes this particular pattern... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell Bright Cut Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3840f   $48.00


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Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period.

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Whiting "Lily Engraved" Solid Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3836f   $135.00


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Utilizing an "Old English," i.e. rounded end with a reverse tipt back, form, "Lily Engraved" is one of numerous bright cut designs Whiting and other manufacturers produced in the 1880s.

Attractive and artful, these patterns showcased the skills of engravers of the period and were apparently well received in their time, given the variety of examples still available today.

This piece is a lengthy, 10 1/2", 3.1 T. oz., all silver fish slice.

The blade is relatively slender, slightly... Click for details

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