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Rare Set of 6 Cumberland City, MD Tspns, John Kelenbeck
Silver : Coin Silver

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20140824-02   $95.00

Rare Set of 6 Cumberland City, MD Tspns, John Kelenbeck
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Offered is a fine and rare set of Western Maryland coin silver tea spoons by little-known Cumberland City (Allegany County) jeweler and watchmaker John H. Kelenbeck, circa 1860. Mr. Kelenbeck appears to have started his career in Baltimore, as a John Kehlenbeck, watch & clock maker, jeweler, is listed in "Silver in Maryland" as working in that city circa 1845-51. That same volume references that the jewelry firm of "Kellenbeck & Johnson" was working in Cumberland circa 1867. However, Mr.... Click for details

Kentucky Teaspoon by W. & A. Cooper of Louisville
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140824-01   On Hold

Kentucky Teaspoon by W. & A. Cooper of Louisville
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Offered is a good little Southern coin silver teaspoon by William and Archibald Cooper of Louisville, circa 1836-46. This partnership between brothers William and Archibald Cooper began in Cincinnati for the first months of its existance, but moved shortly after its inception to Louisville, where it remained for almost ten years before its dissolution. The partnership also operated an outlet in Frankfort during its latter years. This spoon is about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 12... Click for details

Chandless, NYC, "French Thread" Engraved Coin Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2197f   $150.00

Chandless, NYC,
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This 11 5/8" long, weighty at 4.0 T. oz., coin silver fish slice dates c. 1840. It is marked "Chandless" for William Chandless, who is recorded as working on Spring Street in New York City as early as 1838.

The handle is a "French Thread" pattern with an up-turned end, and has an impressive period "CP" monogram on the front. The blade has a raised, scalloped upper edge and a pierced and engraved surface.

The engraving is especially artful, incorporating ivy and acanthus leaf detailing... Click for details

Kirk "Lily" Solid Sterling Individual Butter Spreader
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2196f   $28.00

Kirk
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"Lily" was an engraved pattern with a patent date of 1900 that is commonly attributed to the Schofield Co., although this 5 1/4" long, relatively heavy at just over .8 T. oz., individual butter spreader is explicitly marked for Kirk.

Furthermore, the marks used date to the time of original issue. They are located on the edge of the handle and read, "S. Kirk & Son Co.," "925/1000," and "58M."

The piece is solid silver and has a rather thick handle and blunt end blade. The bright cut... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. "Bead" 950 Standard Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2195f   $20.00

Ball, Black & Co.
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Most American silver manufacturers adopted a sterling standard over coin in the 1860s. For a short period of time, New York's Ball, Black & Co. promoted a higher silver content yet, namely 950 rather than 925.

This 6" long, approximately .8 T. oz., teaspoon is to this higher standard and so marked, along with the name of the company name.

It is a "Bead" design with an "Oval Thread" on the backside, both of which were standard patterns in the period. The bowl has a pointed tip with a... Click for details

Watts Philadelphia Engraved Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2190f   $110.00

Watts Philadelphia Engraved Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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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, and 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 interesting and somewhat singularly styled bowl is melon form with central... Click for details

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Shiebler "Flora" No. 6 Sterling Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2189f   $34.00

Shiebler
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A pristine example in Shiebler's "Flora" series, this master salt spoon measures 3 3/4" long and weighs a relatively heavy .4 T. oz.

The design is number "6" in the series, with the portraiture appearing to be forget-me-not blossoms and leaves. The bowl has a satin matte gold finish front and backsides and a script "C.W.C." on the reverse of the handle.

Marks are the Shiebler "winged S" emblem and the word "Sterling."

Frank Smith "Priscilla" Sterling Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2188f   $46.00

Frank Smith
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A moderately large example for the form, this sardine fork measures 5 5/8" long and weighs nearly 1.1 T. oz. The tine design is singular to this manufacturer, Frank Smith. There are six, all of which are wavy and all of which have trident hooks on one side. The serving end measures 2" wide by 2" deep, and has an upraised heel.

The pattern is "Priscilla," which dates from 1924. It is a clean design, with a double lined border and delicate shell and bow at the terminus, and in this... Click for details

S.D. Brower "Medallion" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2186f   $38.00

S.D. Brower
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This piece is a 5 7/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon was made by Sperry Douglas Brower who was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size.

Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his "Medallion" pattern, which this is, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen.

This example features a right facing, slightly... Click for details

Swedish Mid-Century Punch Ladle Lily of the Valley
Silver

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BJswedLadle   $135.00

Swedish Mid-Century Punch Ladle Lily of the Valley
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Large 11" long silver spoon ladle marked on back Sweden. The bowl measures 4.5" across. Dates mid 20th Century

6 Matching, Boston, "Olive" Coin Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2185f   $200.00

6 Matching, Boston,
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Marked "S.T. Crosby" for the Boston retailer, 1854-61, each of these six forks measures 7 7/16" long. They likely were originally 7 1/2", dinner size, but show some tip wear on the tines (and light knife cuts on the backsides). Quite heavy, the group weighs 9.6 T oz.

The pattern is "Olive," with the actual maker probably Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston firm. In addition to the retailer's mark, they are stamped "Pure-Coin," a designation primarily used in New England.

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Durgin "Chrysanthemum" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2182f   $115.00

Durgin
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Chrysanthemum was a favored theme for silver manufacturers in the late 19th century, leading into the Art Nouveau period, and Tiffany and Durgin arguably produced the standard bearers for the motif.

This example by Durgin is a 5 1/2" long sauce or cream ladle. A heavy line, this seems especially so at nearly 2.0 T. oz.

It exhibits all the exuberance of design that has made the pattern so popular, with the dense floral clusters tumbling into the bowl. The bowl is deep, has flanged... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Ivy" Heavy Sterling Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2178f   $95.00

Tiffany
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This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a full size, 7 3/4" long, extremely heavy, 2.7 T. oz., dinner fork.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design. The backside is engraved... Click for details

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2176f   $45.00

Graff, Washburne & Dunn Sterling & Wood Tea Strainer
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This sterling silver tea strainer with a turned, ebonized, wood handle is an especially fine example of the form.

It was made by Graff, Washburne & Dunn, whose emblem is stamped on the sidewall of the bowl. Other marks include "Sterling" and the model number "3053."

It is a relatively large item, with a flat-bottom bowl that is 2 5/8" in diameter, 5/8" deep, and weighs approximately 1.2 T. oz., including the insignificant weight of the handle.

It is more substantial than most of... Click for details

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2174f   $145.00

Meriden Britannia Hammered Sterling Footed Dish
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Meriden Britannia had been a well-established company producing quality silverplate for half a century when it entered the sterling market with the purchase of Wilcox & Evertsen in 1895. Shortly thereafter the whole firm became a part of International Silver Company, but the use of the MB nameplate continued until about 1930.

This open dish likely dates from early in the 20th century. Contemporary catalogs identity the form as a mayonnaise bowl. It stands 3" at the highest, is 5 1/2"... Click for details

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140803-05   $20.00

Rare Paterson, NJ Coin Silver Teaspoon - David Laverack
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Offered is a great, early American coin silver teaspoon from the little-known shop of David Laverack, working in Paterson, NJ circa 1850-65. A watch paper from Laverack's shop in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Laverack is also listed in Kirkbride's New Jersey Business Directory for 1850. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is fair, with some wear and dings, but no splits or repairs. There is a small notch from... Click for details

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