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6 Theodore Evans "French Thread" Coin Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3620f   $95.00


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Each measuring 4 9/16" long, with the set weighing 2.4, these six, matching, coffee spoons trace to the mid 19th century.

They are stamped "T[heodore] Evans & Co.," for the New York City and Newark, New Jersey firm with dates 1855-65.

The pattern on these is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" aka "Plain Thread" and they are monogrammed "Hofman." in script lettering set sideways on the handles.

In excellent condition, they retain well-shaped, pointed bowls that are free of tip wear,... Click for details

Scarce Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Baldwin & Cowles, Elyria, OH 1834-39
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180914-01   $35.00


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Offered is a rare example of American coin silver made in Elyria, Ohio (a town somewhat west of Cleveland, near Lake Erie) - by the partnership of Seymour W. Baldwin and Orrin Cowles, working in partnership in Elyria between 1834 and 1839. This pair of sugar tongs measures about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 35 grams. The maker's mark of BALDWIN&COWLES in a rectangular punch is rubbed but quite legible. To see the maker's mark, click on the picture and scroll through the picture... Click for details

John Cook "Anthemion" coin silver teaspoons, 12
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2348   $150.00


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length 6 inches, total Troy weight 9.1 ounces, marked and monogrammed as shown in enlargements, excellent condition. We also have dinner forks available, length 7 7/8 inches, weight 1.75 oz each.

To give these some historical perspective, consider that the high relief, elaborately detailed patterns such as New Art and Chrysanthemum didn't spring into existence out of nowhere. Early (1850-60's) die-struck designs such as this were the middle step between simple, swaged decoration and... Click for details

Wendt "Medallion" Sterling Silver 3 Piece Youth Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3617f   $195.00


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A complete youth grouping, consisting of a 6 3/4" long knife, 5 7/8" long fork, and 6 1/16" long spoon, 2.7 T. oz. combined weight, this set was made by New York City's John Wendt, and retailed by "Ball, Black & Co.," with whom Wendt was closely affiliated.

The pattern is "Medallion" dating from the 1860s, and features Wendt's young male figure on the fork and spoon, and his less commonly found female image on the knife.

The high relief portraiture remains crisp and sharply defined on all... Click for details

12 Whiting Art Nouveau "Grape" Sterling Silver Coffee Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3616f   $110.00


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A non-line pattern, these twelve, matching, 4" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, likely cast handle rather than die struck, coffee spoons are as singular as they are appealing.

Made by Whiting, the company's "lion" emblem and "Sterling" are stamped on the backside of each piece.

Probably dating from the late 19th century, and toward Art Nouveau in manner, the pattern features a stylized, raised grape cluster and leaf motif on the terminal end. The lower section of the handle has an also raised... Click for details

Shiebler CHRYSANTHEMUM tea caddy 2286
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2347   $725.00


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height 3; diameter 4 inches, weight 7.11 Troy ounces, excellent original condition, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement. A great design which makes use of both applied and repoussé'd decoration.

These come and go, but I don't think we've ever owned one where the chasing is so crisp and the original oxidation hasn't been at least partially removed by some overzealous owner.

Finally, for those of you who favor comparison shopping, see item 223105898219 on the big bad auction... Click for details

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Good Wisconsin Coin Silver Spoon by James A. Webb of Janesville, c1856
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180909-01   $25.00


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Offered is a very nice large American coin silver teaspoon by jeweler James A. Webb, who established his store in Janesville, Wisconsin circa 1856, and was in business at least through the 1860s. He died in 1885. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. It is engraved with a period script monogram, and is clearly marked with a maker's mark or retailer's mark of J.A.WEBB. Condition is very good overall, with modest tip and surface wear, but no major dents... Click for details

Coin Silver Tablespoon Circa 1810-20 by R.MERRICK - Location Unknown
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180908-03   $39.50


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Offered is a lovely old American coin silver table spoon by a maker who doesn't seem to have been documented, using the maker's mark R.MERRICK in a serrated punch. Examples of this man's work are in the Winterthur collection, with no location posited. It is evident, however, from the crudeness of the punch that a large-city origin point is unlikely. This piece is faintly engraved JK in period script. This tablespoon measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. The... Click for details

Good Queen's Pattern Variant Dessert Spoon by Frederick Marquand
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180908-01   $47.50


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver dessert spoon in a single-struck variant of the Queen's pattern, by noted silversmith Frederick Marquand (b. 1799 - d. 1882), working in Savannah, GA between 1820-26 and in New York between 1826-39. Marquand was so successful that he retired at about age 40 in 1839 to manage his large land holdings and estates. He died in Connecticut, at his country house, having been born in that state in the last days of the 18th Century. Marquand produced and sold... Click for details

Whiting LILY dessert spoons, six
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2346   Sold


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length 6 7/8 inches, total Troy weight 9.63 ounces (!), excellent original condition, monogrammed as shown in third enlargement.

These have exceptional detail and die depth. Note early "PAT APP. FOR" mark.

Wood & Hughes "Humboldt" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3611f   $65.00


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Issued in 1880, Wood & Hughes' "Humboldt" pattern incorporates Moorish design elements, as popular in the period, laid out on an angular handle.

Produced at a time when the company was enjoying great prosperity and was especially productive, it exhibits sophisticated design and high quality execution. This is especially evident in the plum-shaped, notched edge, bowl that is intricately engraved and finished with a matte gold surface on the interior and bright gold on the exterior.

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Ellen's pie fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2345   $35.00


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length 6 1/8 inches, weight .84 oz Troy, marked as shown in fourth enlargement. If memory serves me correctly, and on occasion these days it does, this is a Durgin pattern.

Perhaps you know an Ellen who loves pie, though on second thought who doesn't love pie, so let's leave out the perhaps.

Gorham "Hizen" Aesthetic Movement Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3609f   $165.00


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A particularly fine rendering of "Hizen," one of Gorham's most exotic patterns, these 4 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., tongs are in immaculate estate condition, evidencing neither wear nor damage.

A multi-motif line issued in 1880, the style draws upon Aesthetic sensibilities. The primary element of the design is a fish, possibly koi, set against a raised background suggestive of marine elements, including waves and seaweed.

The three tine, cupped, grips have textured surfaces and rich, intact,... Click for details

George Sharp "Ball End" Weighty Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3607f   $80.00


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This lengthy, 7 3/4", and heavy, 1.8 T. oz., master butter knife was made by Philadelphia's George Sharp, who was the manufacturer most associated with a style of ball, dome, sphere, and various other similar shapes popularized in the 1860s.

This "Ball End" form is an especially appealing piece, with a shaped blade with notched shoulders and an engraved surface with roulette bordering.

The ball itself is inscribed with a rubbed Old English monogram that appears to read "MEBH."

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Albert Coles "Cupid" Sterling Silver Berry Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3605f   $95.00


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Patented in 1878, and so stamped on the reverse of this 8 3/4" long, just over 2.1 T. oz., berry spoon, this "Cupid" design was developed by Morgan Morgans Jr., New York City, who with Samuel Montgomery, bought Albert Coles' business in 1877 and continued to use the later's three part pseudo hallmark, which also appears on this along with the word "Sterling," until he sold the firm to George Shiebler in 1883.

As later examples produced by Shiebler carried his "winged S" mark, this is a... Click for details

David Andersen enamel sorbet spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2344   $35.00


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length five inches, weight .66 oz. Troy, excellent original condition, gilt. Note guilloché work on reverse of bowl.

In spite of our best efforts, the rich plum purple color of this item does not show well, but it is stunning.

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