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6 Shiebler "Corinthian" Sterling Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3644f   $245.00


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A pattern originated by John Polhamus in the second half of the 19th century, and continued by George Shiebler, "Corinthian" is a Greek Revival design that features an anthemion at the handle end, supported by rosettes and palmettes.

These six place or dessert spoons are all matching, were never monogrammed, measure 7" long each, and weigh 8.0 T. oz. the group.

They are in excellent condition, are absent polishing wear and have bowls that remain well-shaped and are free of dents, bends,... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Spoon by Robert Keyworth of Washington, DC
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181008-03   $17.50


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Offered is a small American coin silver teaspoon by noted Washington, DC maker Robert Keyworth, circa 1825-40. This piece bears a maker's mark for Keyworth and is graced with a period engraved script monogram of "MAN". This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 11 grams. Condition is fair overall, with some dimpling and small dings in the bowl, and a somewhat bright (though not machine buffed) surface. Please review all the pictures. All in all a nice useful piece for... Click for details

Great Set of Five Fiddlethread Coin Silver Dessert Spoons, R&W Wilson
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181007-05   $120.00


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Offered is an excellent set of five hard-to-find American coin silver dessert spoons in the fiddle and thread pattern, by Robert and William Wilson of Philadelphia, working circa 1820s-1850s. These spoons each bear the Wilsons' maker's mark and a city mark of PHILADA, and each has a well done period engraved script monogram. Please take a look at the various pictures. These spoons measure between 7 1/8 inches and 7 1/4 inches in length, and the total weight of the group is about 226 grams. ... Click for details

Good Pair of Louisville, Kentucky Coin Silver Spoons by Evans C. Beard
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181007-02   $67.50


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Offered is a lovely pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by Kentucky silversmith E.C. Beard, working in Louisville alone and in partnership circa 1820-60. These spoons by style could date anywhere from 1830 to the 1850s, but are most likely from the 1830s or 1840s. Each is marked BEARD in a distinctive serrated punch with a funny curve to the left side. Each spoon also has a period engraved script monogram of "SW". Please take a look at all pictures. These spoons each measure about 5 7/8... Click for details

Durgin "Empire" Sterling Serving Fork Retailed by Shreve San Francisco
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3643f   $115.00


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A large item measuring 9 3/8" long and weighing 2.5 T. oz., this serving fork has four tines, the outer two of which are notched. The serving end has a cupped heel with decorated shoulders and is finished in a gold wash front and backsides.

The pattern is "Empire," which is a late 19th century design that incorporates imagery suggestive of majesty, nobility, and imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown, cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers. ... Click for details

R&W Wilson Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3642f   $38.00


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Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled... Click for details

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Wm. Faber, Philadelphia, c. 1865 "Emperor" Coin Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3641f   $42.00


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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &... Click for details

Johan Rohde design sterling water pitcher by Holger Rasmussen
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2359   $1,150.00


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height 7 1/2 inches, width across handle 5 1/4 inches, weight 18 Troy ounces, capacity one quart, marked as shown in fourth enlargement. A classic, organic shape made famous by the Jensen Silversmithy (and featured on the dj of Janet Drucker's popular book), this design was conceived by Rohde in 1925, but did not enter production until 1930 because it was considered too radical.

This lovely example is entirely hand wrought, and dates from 1948. There have been a few dents removed from... Click for details

Alvin "Cherub" Sterling Silver Youth Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3640f   $62.00


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A charming composition, this 6 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife incorporates a cherub-like child sitting on a floral garland swing, surrounded by an open, scrolled border that is situated above a raised heart. The handle end is surmounted by a basket of flowers.

A non-line, meaning it was not produced in a full service, flat handle, pattern, it is stamped on the blade "Sterling," and with Alvin's early lion emblem. The quality of design and execution is equal to such other well-regarded... Click for details

Youngstown, Ohio Coin Silver Spoon by R. Carroll, Circa 1840-60
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181004-02   $25.00


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Offered is a an interesting American coin silver teaspoon by the little-known maker R. Carroll, about whom little seems to have been documented. This is interesting in that his working place is demonstrated by the marks on this piece. In addition to the maker's mark of R.CARROLL, there is a mark of YOUNGSTOWN.O for Youngstown, Ohio. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length, and weighs about 19 grams. Condition is good overall, with a few tiny dimples to the bowl and one or two... Click for details

Delaware Coin Silver Teaspoon by James Guthre of Wilmington, c.1820-40
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181004-01   $28.00


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Offered is a very good American coin silver teaspoon by Wilmington silversmith James Guthre (1796-1877), who was working by about 1820 and continued to work for a fairly long period of time. Guthre was fairly prolific and this piece is a good example of his work. It bears a clear strike of his maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition overall is good, with a very minor, shallow dimple or two... Click for details

6 John Cook coin silver "Anthemion" dinner forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
1388044   $195.00


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New York circa 1855, length 8 inches, weight 10.45 Troy ounces (avg. 1.75 oz. T each), excellent condition, monogrammed "F.E.M." in period script; see third enlargement, marked with his trademark and J. Cook incuse.

One could spend a substantial number of hours searching through design patents looking for the original name of this pattern, and come up empty handed. Then again, one might find an exact date, and "design for the handle of a spoon." Either way, we find this early die struck... Click for details

Whiting LILY sterling flat butter spreaders, eight,
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2358   $256.00


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length 5 5/8 inches, total Troy weight a hefty 7.10 ounces, fine condition, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement.

For those of you who wonder what that unusual symbol between the Whiting trademark and "sterling" might mean, we suspect that is a letter h inside a circle, meaning 'heavy,' since these weigh a bit more than the average Lily butter spreader.

And for those of you who favor comparison shopping, these can also be had on the big bad auction site at prices ranging from 40... Click for details

Six J.C. Moore "Patent 1847" Heavy Coin Silver Tea or Dessert Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3638f   $275.00


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Recognized as the creative impulse who, with his son Edward, transformed Tiffany & Co. from a retailer to the major silver manufacturer that it became, New York City's John C. Moore was an established silversmith long before his association with Tiffany began.

He was in fact the second manufacturer, after Michael Gibney to patent a flatware design, with that on these six, matching, coin silver tea or dessert forks, dating to 1847 as indicated by the "Patent 1847" mark on the reverse. The... Click for details

Georg Jensen ACORN jelly spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2357   $45.00


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length just shy of 4 1/8 inches, excellent condition, no monogram.

Gordon & Co. Baltimore Bright Cut Sterling Silver Berry Shovel
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3636f   $95.00


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Measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing just over 2.0 T. oz., this piece is a berry scoop or shovel.

Marked "Berry & Co. Baltimore," for that city's firm with working dates 1880-94 according to Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, and "Sterling," the pattern is a finely engraved flower and leaf design on the tipt back handle. This is interpreted in an Aesthetic manner, set against a satin matte finish.

The engraving repeats in an enlarged representation in the... Click for details

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