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Crichton, London 1912, Pistol Grip Sterling Silver Knife, One of Three
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2983f   $46.00


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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for premier 20th century, English silversmith Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip. ... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Victoria No. 80" Engraved Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2981f   $45.00


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Dating from 1885, Wood & Hughes "Victoria" pattern is essentially a broad "Antique" with a stylized end that seems to take inspiration from the Aesthetic mode popular in the period.

Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.

The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground.

This example is a full size dinner fork, 7... Click for details

Pair of Scarce Coin Silver Tablespoons by Theodore LeHuray
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-03   $87.50


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Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver table spoons by Philadelphia merchant and jeweler Theodore LeHuray, circa 1846-51. These tablespoons are rare survivors in that Theodore only went into the jewelry and silversmithing business for a few years, after his father (Nicholas LeHuray, Jr.) died in 1846. His attempt to carry on the family firm under his own name appears to have been unsuccessful, and he soon turned to other pursuits. The maker's mark of T LE HURAY in conjoined boxes is... Click for details

Pair of John McMullin Coin Silver Teaspoons w/Rare "J.M'MULLIN" Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-02   $65.00


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Offered is an excellent and scarce pair of American coin silver tea spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith John McMullin, each bearing one of his rarest maker's marks - J.M'MULLIN in a rectangular punch. Mr. McMullin was successful and prolific, and had numerous maker's marks over his long career, but only one used a "J" for his first initial, rather than an "I". In about fifteen years of collecting Philadelphia silver specifically, these are the only examples of this maker's mark I was able... Click for details

F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2980f   $65.00


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This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of... Click for details

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20170122-01   $30.00


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Offered is an excellent and very well preserved American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Lewis Quandale, circa the second quarter of the 19th Century. This piece is in really nice condition overall, with only modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs; it has a mint condition maker's mark. This piece has a lovely period engraved script initial "V". It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. All in all an excellent example of this man's wares!

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Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-11   $35.00


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Offered is an excellent and desirable American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and shell pattern by noted Philadelphia jewelers and silversmiths Thibault & Brothers, working in that town circa 1810-37. By style, this spoon probably dates to 1820 or later. This piece has a good engraved period script monogram and a well-struck, clear maker's mark. The die-struck shell decoration is relatively unworn. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20170121-10   $22.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver long-handled salt spoon or condiment spoon, circa 1810-30, marked D.OLIVER in a rectangular punch. This mark is attributed by Ensko to a Daniel Oliver of Philadelphia, circa 1805, but Hollan was unable to uncover any objective evidence supporting this attribution for her book "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Nonetheless, the mark on this spoon was included in the book for discussion purposes. I have not been able to locate any additional information on this... Click for details

12 Chinese tea knives by Wongshing, 2nd qtr. 19th C.
Silver : China Trade

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5303   $1,080.00


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Handles are elaborately carved mother-of-pearl. Length 8". No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent. (see #5294 for 12 matching forks).

Good 18th Century Style Coin Silver Spoon by Henry McKeen of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-09   $25.00


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Offered is an interesting American coin silver teaspoon by Henry McKeen of Philadelphia, working as a watchmaker and silversmith in that town between about 1823 and 1861. This piece is in a late 18th or very early 19th Century style, and is not typical of McKeen's usual fiddle pattern spoons. It may have been made to match an earlier English or American set of spoons. In any event, it is the Old English style, and has a period script monogram consistent with spoons of that generation. The... Click for details

Philadelphia Dessert Spoon by George K. Childs with Rare "G.K.C." Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20170121-07   $25.00


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Offered is a Philadelphia coin silver dessert spoon by well-known silversmith George K. Childs, whose work is often seen, but almost exclusively with his G.K.CHILDS mark. Two other marks, G.CHILDS and the G.K.C. mark on this piece, are much, much rarer. I've observed only one example each of those two marks in the past fifteen years, and the mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. The maker's mark is clear and well-struck. This piece measures... Click for details

Mystery Mark Challenge - Solve the Mystery and Win a Coin Silver Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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NFS   Not for Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable and supportable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition (worth about $15-20) as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there.

This piece measures about 8 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 64 grams. It is marked "R.L" in an squarish... Click for details

Arts & Crafts "L" Maker Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2976f   $65.00


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A 5" long, heavy at just over 1.5 T. oz., item, this spoon is marked "Sterling," "L," and with the model number "60."

The 2 1/8" by 1 5/8", pear shaped bowl is a size typical of a tea caddy spoon, while the 3" long, solid silver, tubular handle is somewhat lengthy for that.

It is fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, with a cast, perhaps lotus bud form, finial at the end of the handle, and a block letter "J.J.D" monogram engraved on the heel reverse of the bowl.

It is in very good... Click for details

Good Set of 4 Late 18th Century Coin Silver Spoons by Joseph Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20170121-01   $95.00


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Offered is a lovely set of four early American coin silver teaspoons by the well-respected Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Lownes. By style, this set probably dates to the 1790-1800 period, but could be a few years earlier or later. Each spoon has a period engraved script monogram and a legible maker's mark. These spoons measure between about 5 3/4 inches and 6 inches in length, and the set weighs about 84 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, with each spoon having moderate surface... Click for details

Good Crested Georgian Silver Stuffing Spoon in Old English Thread Patt
Silver : Sterling

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20170120-03   $125.00


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Offered is a lovely and well-made George III English sterling silver stuffing or platter spoon fully hallmarked for London, 1802 and bearing the maker's mark of William Eley and William Fearn. This piece is in the Old English Threaded pattern and is crested with a good armorial of a griffin supporting a shield. This server measures approximately 12 inches in length and weighs about 118 grams. Condition is very good overall, with moderate surface wear and scratching from normal use over two... Click for details

Fine Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Wherritt of Richmond
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20170120-02   Sold


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Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1825 by noted Richmond, Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biography appears below. This teaspoon is graced with a period engraved monogram and a slightly rubbed but legible maker's mark. Condition is good overall, with a small ding to the bowl and a short scratch to the back of the bowl (see pics) that is not a split or fissure, but just a scratch. There are no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 1/4 inches in... Click for details

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