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Rare Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Spoon by Johnston & Boullt Ca. 1846-51
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-02   $60.00

Rare Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Spoon by Johnston & Boullt Ca. 1846-51
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Offered is a fine and scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Johnston & Boullt, a partnership between William Johnston and Thomas A. Boullt in Hagerstown, Maryland lasting from 1846 to 1851. William Johnston was a watch and clock maker and dentist working in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia before his time in Hagerstown; Thomas Boullt enjoyed a long and successful career in Hagerstown. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It bears a good... Click for details

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label or Bottle Ticket - Ca. 1829
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-01   $85.00

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label or Bottle Ticket - Ca. 1829
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Offered is a lovely Georgian English sterling silver wine label or bottle ticket made by the noted Barnard family of silversmiths. The mark on this label is number 575 in Arthur Grimwade's "London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837" - it was entered into the assay office rolls in 1829 by Edward Barnard and his three sons, Edward Jr., John and William. Given the style of the sovereign head duty mark, this piece would date to between 1829 and 1834; the date letter is obscured. This wine label or bottle... Click for details

Heavy Wendt "Diana" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2440f   $52.00

Heavy Wendt
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak... Click for details

Mitchell & Tyler, Richmond, Va., Pre Civil War Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2439f   $32.00

Mitchell & Tyler, Richmond, Va., Pre Civil War Coin Silver Teaspoon
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The firm of Mitchell & Tyler occupies a prominent place in the history of mid 19th century Richmond, Virginia silver production. A successor firm to that established by William Mitchell c. 1818, sources date its years of operation from 1845 to 1866.

The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.

It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle.

In very good... Click for details

Gorham Chicago Herald Figural Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2438f   $185.00

Gorham Chicago Herald Figural Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
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A cast item that measures 5" long and weighs .7 T. oz., this piece was made by Gorham and is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the backside.

Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.

Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a... Click for details

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2210   Sold

Whiting
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length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.64 Troy ounces, no monogram, light pattern wear as shown; bowl not gilt but otherwise in fine condition, no monogram.

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a similar though slightly more fatigued example with pitting in the bowl recently sold on ebay (item 281610340194) @157.50

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Old Newbury Crafters hand wrought sterling tumbler
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2209  

Old Newbury Crafters hand wrought sterling tumbler
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height 1 7/8; top diameter 2 inches, no monogram, weight 2.6 Troy ounces, excellent condition, marked as shown. Just the right size to hold a healthy belt of scotch...

This piece bears the craftsman's mark of both Robert Bean and Fletcher Carter. Also, let's give a shout out to the good folks at ONC, still going strong in Amesbury after one hundred years, who were kind enough to identify this cup as the "Roly Poly cordial."

Old S. Kirk & Son Co. Rim Foot 6" Sterling Silver Engraved Plate
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2436f   $85.00

Old S. Kirk & Son Co. Rim Foot 6
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Measuring 6" in diameter, standing 1/2" high, and weighing a solid 3.6 T. oz., this plate or dish sits on a 3 7/16" wide rimmed base.

It is stamped with model number "256" on the underside, along with "S. Kirk & Son Co.," used 1896-1924, and "925/1000."

It is an elegant, highly finished item. The has a rolled and lined edge, and fine engraving on the upper surface. The center is concave and has a brushed underside.

It is in mint condition. The base is even, and the overall piece... Click for details

Mead Adriance & Co., St. Louis, Miniature Coin Silver Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2435f   $28.00

Mead Adriance & Co., St. Louis, Miniature Coin Silver Spoon
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A fully formed, "Reverse Tipt," design that mimics a tea or tablespoon, this just over .2 T. oz., "miniature," piece is only 3 5/8" long.

Uncertain to purpose, it may be for salt, coffee, or for a child's use.

Dating from the 1830s, it is stamped "Mead Adriance & Co." for the early Saint Louis firm. The front is engraved "MEW" in a fancy, feathered script.

It is in very good condition. The handle remains well-formed and the engraving is crisp. The bowl is free of tip wear,... Click for details

Rare Set of Three Easton, PA Coin Silver Spoons, Michael Bush Ca. 1831
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150419-01   $50.00

Rare Set of Three Easton, PA Coin Silver Spoons, Michael Bush Ca. 1831
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Offered is a fine and rare group of three American coin silver teaspoons by little-known silversmith, jeweler and clock and watch maker Michael Bush, working in Easton, Pennsylvania circa 1831. His available biographical information appears below. These spoons average about 6 1/8 inches in length and the three together weigh about 46 grams. There is no monogram or sign of erasure on any of the spoons. Condition is fair, with modest tip wear and dents and dings to the bowls. The maker's mark... Click for details

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2434f   $185.00

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period... Click for details

Wendt "Moresque" Unusual Small Sterling Silver Pastry Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2425f   $185.00

Wendt
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Singular in both design and form, this 7 5/8" long, just over 1.4 T. oz., server was made by New York's John Wendt.

The pattern, "Moresque," dates from 1873 and represents the epitome of the broad band of Islamic and Renaissance Revival designs from that period. These include Whiting's "Arabesque," Tiffany's "Persian," and Gorham's "Raphael" and "Byzantine," among others.

Curiously, "Moresque" has four variants, and possibly more permutations. The handle is sometimes upturned and... Click for details

Original International "Brandon" Sterling Silver Child's Food Pusher
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2424f   $35.00

Original International
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International's "Brandon" is a unembellished design that dates from 1913. It appears to derive from the same Colonial Revival impulse that generated such contemporaneous popular designs as Durgin's "Fairfax," Gorham's "Plymouth," and Towle's "Mary Chilton," among others.

This example is a 3 7/8" long, .4 T. oz., child's food pusher.

It is a completely original, factory produced, item, not made up. The flat blade is 1 1/2" wide and has rounded shoulders.

It is without a monogram or... Click for details

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2422f   $48.00

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin... Click for details

Evansville, Indiana Silver Teaspoon Ca. 1860-67, G. A. Bittrolff & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150405-01   $15.00

Evansville, Indiana Silver Teaspoon Ca. 1860-67, G. A. Bittrolff & Co.
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Offered is an early silver teaspoon made by Wood & Hughes and retailed by Evansville, IN jeweler G.A. Bittrolff & Co., circa 1860-67. Mr. Bittrolff's biographical information appears below. This spoon was made during the transition from coin silver to the sterling standard. It measures about 6 inches in length, and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair, with some dings to the bowl and a slight wave in the handle. The marks are clear and legible. All in all a nice Indiana piece! The... Click for details

Early Dayton, Ohio Coin Silver Tablespoon by Best & Son, Circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-04   $37.50

Early Dayton, Ohio Coin Silver Tablespoon by Best & Son, Circa 1860
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Offered is a good American coin silver tablespoon by the Dayton, Ohio firm of Best & Son, circa 1860. This piece measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 42 grams. It is engraved "Smith" in period script for the original owner(s), and bears the makers' mark of BEST&SON in a rectangular punch. Condition is good overall, with some minor surface wear and a few dings and dimples to the bowl and handle; there are no splits or repairs. The maker's mark is well-struck and legible. ... Click for details

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