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C.H. Zimmermann, New Orleans, Coin "Fiddle Thread" Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3832f   $85.00


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Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's... Click for details

Durgin "New Art" Lily Original Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3831f   $295.00


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Arguably the line by which all other Art Nouveau floral designs are measured, Durgin's 1900 "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, and fullness of expression that characterizes this style mode.

Multi-motif, the portraiture on this 8 9/16" long, heavy at 4.1 T. oz., cold meat fork is lily. The blossoms and leaves fold over and upon one another, rising from of the surface of the silver as if sculped out of the material.

It is an early example, marked with Durgin's "D" emblem,... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Corona" Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3829f   $165.00


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This ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a 7 1/2" by 1 3/4" flat blade that has a beveled lower edge and upswept, pointed, tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. It incorporates a shell design that appears on both sides of the handle terminus and at the join with the blade.

The handle front... Click for details

Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver Cream or Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3827f   $85.00


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An early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily" pattern, this piece is marked with the company lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat. App. For."

A cream or sauce ladle, it measures 5 3/4" long and is relatively heavy at 1.5 T. oz.

The handle is engraved with a feathered script "P" monogram, while the bowl is finished front and backsides with a pale, satin, gold wash.

It is in superb condition, showing no wear or even evidence of use. All the pattern detail remains clear and well-defined... Click for details

Abner Kirby, Milwaukee, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3826f   $35.00


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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this size spoon is variously identified as a place, dessert or oval soup.

This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark.

In his work on marks, William McGrew identifies this combination of symbols with William Pitkin of Hartford, Connecticut, but he also associates the particular eagle on this with Chicago, which is a much more likely source... Click for details

Rare Set of Four Chinese Export Silver & Mother of Pearl Table Knives
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190331-14   $275.00


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Offered is a very rare set of four antique Chinese Export Silver (CES) table knives dating to about 1825-50, with hand-carved mother-of-pearl handles and solid silver blades and ferrules. Please take a look at all of the pictures by clicking on the first pictures. Each knife has a faced period engraved script monogram at the base of one side of the blade, and a maker's mark of HCG on the other side. This maker's mark has been assigned to Houcheong of Canton, working circa 1820-35. These... Click for details

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Lovely Large Coin Silver Fish Slice by Coles and Retailed by Gelston
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20190331-13   Sold


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Offered is a very finely decorated American coin silver fish server by Albert Coles & Co. of New York City, circa 1835-50 and retailed by (probably) George Gelston of the same city. The GELSTON mark on this piece may not be firmly attributed, but may fit George S. Gelston the best given Coles' working dates. This piece is not engraved with a crest or monogram, and there is no obvious sign of an erasure. It is a larger piece, measuring about 12 1/2 inches in length and weighing about 148 grams... Click for details

Early 20th Century Silver Serving Spoon from Kelantan, Malaysia
Silver : Sterling

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20190331-12   Sold


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Offered is an interesting antique Malaysian silver serving piece from the Kelantan region (the mark in Arabic above the country mark refers to this region - see pics). You can see all the pictures by clicking on the first one. Silver from Malaysia was made both for local use and for Europeans on tour in the region, and Malaysian silversmiths were highly regarded in the 19th and early 20th centuries; a few families still make forms exactly like this, but it is a dying tradition due to the... Click for details

Reading, PA Coin Silver Tablespoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20190331-11   $45.00


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver table spoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback (Mannerbach), son of the well-known Reading silversmith William Mannerback. The younger Mannerbach/Mannerback, who went by Levan based on his maker's mark, started working under his own mark not much earlier than 1825, given that he was born in 1807, and that would make him 18 in 1825. This piece probably dates to the 1825-40 period. You can see all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. This piece has... Click for details

Towle "Louis XIV" Sterling Silver 6" Bread & Butter Plate
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3824f   $100.00


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Solid silver, this plate measures 6" across and weighs 3.2 T. oz.

For bread and butter, the form functions well as a wine coaster, and an item this size could accommodate a 1.5 liter bottle.

The pattern is "Louis XIV" by Towle, whose "T around a lion" emblem, "Sterling," model number "5435," "Patented Dec. 23. 1919" all appear on the underside.

Never monogrammed, it remains in excellent condition, free of bends, dents, or nicks, and has a fine finish. There is no polishing wear at all... Click for details

Rare Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon w/ Edward P. Lescure's Early Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190331-08   $45.00


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Offered is a very fine example of the early maker's mark of noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward P. Lescure, who was working between 1822 and about 1836, and then intermittently through about 1861. While Lescure's later mark is well-known and seen periodically, this early mark is all but unknown, and perhaps only a tiny fraction of Lescure's extant work bears this mark. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. It has a faded period engraved script monogram.... Click for details

Excellent Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Edward P. Lescure
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190331-07   $27.50


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Offered is a very fine American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward P. Lescure, working circa 1822-36 and then intermittently through 1861. This spoon bears a good strike of his more common, later mark and is a nicely made piece with good proportions. Please take a look at all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. This spoon also has an engraved period script monogram. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Philadelphia or Delaware Coin Silver Teaspoon by Thomas J. Megear
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190331-06   $20.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon bearing early marks for Thomas J. Megear, silversmith of Wilmington (1831-32) and then Philadelphia (1832 to about 1860). This spoon is of the right style to have been made in the 1830s, and so could be from either location. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. It has a good clear maker's mark and a slightly faded period engraved script monogram. Condition overall is fair, with moderate wear overall, but... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Thibault & Brothers
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190331-04   $25.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon bearing a very well-struck maker's mark for Thibault & Brothers, working in Philadelphia circa 1810-35. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. It has a period engraved script monogram. Condition is fair at best, with some surface wear and some ripples and dents, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of this desirable maker's mark!

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by McN&S - M(a)cNeil & Son?
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190331-03   $27.50


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Offered is a new mark that may be the retailers' mark of a partnership between Malcom MacNeil (McNeil) of Philadelphia and his son John A. MacNeil (McNeil). I've never come across this mark before, but the spoon was manufactured by Watts of Philadelphia and is of the right time period for this father and son to have formed a partnership. The marks are nicely struck, and this spoon also has an excellently engraved period script monogram. This spoon measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Karr of Washington, D.C.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190331-02   $32.50


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Offered is a scarce example of the mark of Washington, DC watchmaker and jeweler Jacob Karr, working in that city between 1857 and 1905; he died in 1917 at the age of 81, and was born in Germany, coming to the U.S. at the age of 11. For at least part of his tenure he was located at 348 Pennsylvania Avenue. Karr is known primarily as a watchmaker in that invented the "celebrated American chronometer"; he also serviced the chronometers and equipment at the Naval Observatory in Washington. This... Click for details

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