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Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141027-01   $27.50

Littleton Holland Teaspoon with Baltimore Assay Marks
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Offered is a fine early 19th Century American coin silver spoon by noted Baltimore silversmith Littleton Holland, bearing assay marks for either 1817 or 1823 (identical marks and probably the same dies were used for those two years). More information on Baltimore's short-lived assay system appears below. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and hallmarks, and an engraved period script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair... Click for details

Sheffield, England, Heavy, Decorative Sterling Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2259f   On Hold

Sheffield, England, Heavy, Decorative Sterling Teaspoon
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A lengthy 5 7/8", and a weighty 1.1 T. oz., this spoon is fully marked for Sheffield, England, Sterling, 1911, and with the maker's stamp, "JR" for John Round & Son, Ltd. It also has a registry mark imprinted on the backside heel.

It has a border of dense, fine flowers and leaves struck on both sides of the handle. The handle front and interior of the bowl are engraved in a design that matches the pattern. In addition there is a script "G.S.K." inscribed in the oval on the obverse, and... Click for details

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh (Micksch)
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141023-01   $22.50

Bethlehem Coin Silver Teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh (Micksch)
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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by John Matthew Miksh or Micksh of Bethlehem, PA. This piece is a little over 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon has a good clear mark and a well-executed period script monogram, as well as an early script engraved mono to the reverse. Condition is fair overall, though the bowl has two small splits (pictured) and is somewhat out of round. All in all a nice piece with a great maker's mark! Biographical... Click for details

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141021-02   $35.00

Harrisburg Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Beatty
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Offered is a very fine early American coin silver teaspoon 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. This spoon is engraved "R.McClure" in period script and has good legible mark. It measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and... Click for details

Heavy Forks by James H. Kelly of Pottsville and Lebanon
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141021-01   $95.00

Heavy Forks by James H. Kelly of Pottsville and Lebanon
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Offered is a set of three heavy coin silver table forks by little-known Pottsville and Lebanon, Pennsylvania jeweler James H. Kelly. The first mention I have found of Kelly is a newspaper advertisement run in 1846 by Kelly, seeking an apprentice watchmaker to work with him in Pottsville. Mr. Kelly stayed in Pottsville until at least the late 1850s, as his son was born in Pottsville in 1855 and the family relocated to Lebanon, PA when the son was "quite small." In Lebanon, James H. Kelly... Click for details

Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
Silver : Coin Silver

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20141019-04   $60.00

Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
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Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by Lititz silversmith and watchmaker Francis (Frantz) Lewis Lennert. See below for biographical information on this interesting craftsman. This piece is in good condition, with a dent to the bowl but little wear and no splits or repairs. This spoon has a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and a good legible maker's mark. There is also a later engraved monogram to the reverse. This piece measures about 6 1/4 inches in... Click for details

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Cincinnati Coin Silver Youth Fork - McGrew & Beggs
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141019-03   $35.00

Cincinnati Coin Silver Youth Fork - McGrew & Beggs
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Offered is a fine and scarce early American coin silver youth fork by the partnership of McGrew & Beggs. Wilson McGrew and Joseph P. Beggs were the partners in this watchmaking and jewelry firm active in Cincinnati, Ohio from ca. 1843 to ca. 1848. This fork measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 28 grams. Condition is good, with some time wear but no splits or repairs. This piece features a good clear maker's mark and has no monogram or obvious sign of erasure. All in all a... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon, Charles Aunspaugh
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141018-03   $125.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon, Charles Aunspaugh
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Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known Fincastle and Liberty, Virginia silversmith Charles Aunspaugh (b. 1799, d. 1887). Aunspaugh lived and worked most of his life in Fincastle (and was even apparently postmaster of Fincastle for a period of time), though he spent a few years (possibly in partnership throughout) in Liberty. Little is known about Aunspaugh's life, and only a few teaspoons are known as evidence of his work. This spoon probably dates to... Click for details

Edward Rockwell NYC Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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2252f   $45.00

Edward Rockwell NYC Early 19th C. Coin Silver Tongs
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This pair of coin silver tongs measure a lengthy 6 1/4" long and weigh nearly 1.7 T. oz.

Stamped "Rockwell" along with a sheaf of wheat pseudo hallmark, this identifier is attributed to Edward Rockwell by both Louise Belden and John McGrew in their respective works on marks. He is to be distinguished from Samuel D. Rockwell with whom Edward was in partnership 1815-47, with some similarity of marks.

This item appears to date from Edward's early working years, 1803-14. It has a broad... Click for details

Tiffany "Antique Engraved" Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2251f   $155.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the... Click for details

Large Gorham "Cottage" Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2246f   $85.00

Large Gorham
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is... Click for details

Josephy Seymour "Thistle" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2245f   On Hold

Josephy Seymour
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Syracuse's Joseph Seymour's pattern flatware is well-documented and the inventory does not include the "Thistle" design on this 5 1/2" long, just touching 1.0 T. oz., teaspoon. It is thereby an unexpected rarity, and doubly so because of its impressively artful portraiture.

The design, die work, and finish are all to the highest standard. There is a central thistle blossom midway on the handle, and a pair at the tip, all surrounded by leaves. A pair of leaves also graces the backside of... Click for details

Good Rounded End Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Richards
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-05   $22.50

Good Rounded End Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Richards
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A fine late 18th or early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Richards, working circa 1793-1818. This spoon has a nicely executed period engraved script monogram and a well-struck maker's mark. This spoon is in good condition with a minor dimple or two, but no serious dents and no splits or repairs. There is some wear and scratching to the surface that can be seen above the maker's mark on the reverse of the spoon. All in all a good piece of... Click for details

Excellent Lancaster Coin Silver Spoon by Zahm & Jackson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-03   $22.50

Excellent Lancaster Coin Silver Spoon by Zahm & Jackson
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A fine American coin silver teaspoon by prolific Lancaster, Pennsylvania jewelers, watchmakers and silversmiths Michael Zahm and John W. Jackson, working in partnership as Zahm & Jackson from about 1845 on. This spoon is in excellent condition, with little surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon features a legible maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine piece of... Click for details

Scarce Channel Islands Silver Spoon Circa 1831-46
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141007-02   $45.00

Scarce Channel Islands Silver Spoon Circa 1831-46
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Offered is a fine 19th Century Channel Islands silver teaspoon made in Jersey by the partnership of Thomas De Gruchy and John Le Gallais. De Gruchy and Le Gallais worked in partnership from 1831 to 1846, when De Gruchy died. This spoon bears a typical four-letter Channel Islands engraved monogram, and the TDG over JLG maker's mark used by the partnership. This spoon measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs,... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Egg Spoon, Joseph Huggins
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141007-01   $65.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Egg Spoon, Joseph Huggins
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Offered is a fine and rare early American coin silver egg spoon by little-known silversmith and jeweler Joseph Huggins, who had an interesting and varied career. Huggins was first recorded in Philadelphia in 1837, where he could have apprenticed; by 1840 he relocated to Baltimore, where he was listed in directories between 1840 and 1842. He appears to have next relocated to Washington, D.C. - In an article entitled "OLD WASHINGTON (Drinks & Businesses)" By James Croggon, The Evening Star,... Click for details

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