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Rare Southern Coin Silver Decorated Turned Handle Spreader Ca. 1860s
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-02   $95.00

Rare Southern Coin Silver Decorated Turned Handle Spreader Ca. 1860s
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Offered is a very good and scarce example of an American coin silver turned handle butter knife or spreader, bearing the maker's or retailer's mark of Augustus Shmedtie of Washington, D.C. This pieces measures about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. In addition to the clear, well-struck mark for Shmedtie, it is engraved with decoration to one side of the blade and to the handle, and bears a period script monogram. This knife would most likely date to Shmedtie's early period... Click for details

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160312-01   $85.00

Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
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Offered is a very nice pair of early American coin silver table spoons by silversmith Nathaniel Munroe, and bearing his maker's mark as well as Baltimore assay marks for the year 1821. Baltimore was the only U.S. locality to institute a formal assay office and system, and pieces bearing these marks are coveted. These include a mark denoting the Arms of the State of Maryland, a mark of a male bust, and the dominical letter for the year. The website for the store Imperial Half Bushel, owned by... Click for details

Gorham "Imperial Chrysanthemum" Sterling Pea or Ice Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2659f   $225.00

Gorham
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A large item measuring 8 1/2" long and weighing a robust 3.1 T. oz., this serving piece is variously identified as a pea, vegetable, or ice spoon. The determinative characteristic of this form is a generously-sized, reticulated bowl, and indeed that is the case with this example in Gorham's "Imperial Chrysanthemum." The piercing in this instance is a leaf design.

The late 19th century pattern is expressive, portraying an abundance of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves arrayed on both front... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Soup Ladle, Old and Heavy
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2658f   $325.00

Towle
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A full-size soup ladle, this piece measures 13" long and weighs a massive 7.7 T. oz. The generously-proportioned bowl reinforces the overall sense of scale, at 4" in diameter and 1" at the deepest.

The pattern is Towle's courtly "Georgian." It resembles a Corinthian style column surmounted by a basket of roses and draped with a garland of roses. A third rose detail is set midway up the handle. The reverse adds shell and acanthus leaf components in addition to the roses, all of which... Click for details

Godinger Silver plated Child's teapot creamer and sugar
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safn-5757   $42.50

Godinger Silver plated Child's teapot creamer and sugar
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A lucky little lady is going to serve tea to her dolls in the most elegant style imaginable. This little silver plated set is by Godinger Silver Art Co. and consists of: a teapot that is 5" high 6" across the spout and handle, a creamer that is 2 1/4" high, 4" across spout and handle and a two handled lidded sugar server that is 3 1/8" high and 5" across the handles. Perfect condition. Sorry about the lighting in the photo. The set is a shiny silver color, perfect and beautiful!!

Old Durgin "Colfax" Sterling Silver Salad Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2657f   $29.00

Old Durgin
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Stylistically related to Durgin's well-received "Fairfax," "Colfax" was introduced some twelve years later and also established itself as a highly regarded pattern.

The backsides of the two designs mirror each other, while the front of "Colfax" adds an egg and dart margin and delicate central embellishment.

This example is a 6 1/8" long, weighty, 1.2 T. oz., individual salad fork. An early piece, it is stamped with the Durgin "D" on the reverse, along with the word "Sterling."

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Alvin "Majestic" Sterling Silver Almond Scoop, Birmingham, Alabama
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2653f   $65.00

Alvin
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A multi-motif design that incorporates various flowers on different pieces of the line, Alvin's "Majestic" dates from 1900. It is decidedly Art Nouveau in manner, apropos of the period.

This example is a 6 1/16" long, relatively weighty, 1.1 T. oz., almond scoop.

The flower is "buttercup," which is gracefully arrayed on both the front and back sides of the handle. The pattern shows fine die work and finish, and is set in high, sculptural-like, relief.

The bowl is generously... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160228-03   $60.00

Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
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Offered is a very fine and large early American coin silver dessert spoon by Philadelphia silversmith William Hanse McDowell, working circa 1817 to his death in 1842. McDowell was typically listed in city directories as a watch and clock maker, and silver bearing his mark is exceedingly hard to find. The mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Given the style of the piece and the appearance of an eagle head mark similar to that used by William... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160228-02   $30.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
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Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of Marshall & Smith, listed in the city directory for 1837 as jewelers. Little is known about this partnership, and it isn't even certain which Marshall was the partner. This teaspoon bears a worn but still legible (more so in person) maker's mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. The handle is graced with a shell. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs... Click for details

Gorham "Pointed Antique" Coin Silver Serving Spoon, Old & Rare
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2647f   $115.00

Gorham
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A early production item, c. 1865, for Gorham, this serving spoon is marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co."

It is large, measuring 8 7/8" long, with an essentially round bowl that is 3" in diameter and 1/2" at the deepest, and heavy, weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz.

Rarely found, this is not a named line pattern with Gorham, but it is in the manner of a "Pointed Antique" with a broad, slightly down-turned, end. It has notched shoulders where it joins the bowl,... Click for details

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160224-01   $125.00

Fine Large Coin Silver Pie Server in the Tuscan Pattern by Gibney
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Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is... Click for details

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver "Tipt" Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2643f   $60.00

D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.

A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David... Click for details

Wallace Art Nouveau Floral Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2640f   $44.00

Wallace Art Nouveau Floral Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
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An undocumented pattern, this Art Nouveau, floral, design stands alone among Wallace offerings.

This piece is a 6 1/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It is unusual in that the upper end of the handle is hollow, while the lower portion is tubular. This provides for a thicker than usual grip, and also enables more detailed design elements, which include a blossom, bud, and sinuous leaves set against a textured background.

The bowl is decorative, in keeping with the overall... Click for details

Lincoln & Foss "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2639f   $30.00

Lincoln & Foss
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Lincoln & Foss, c. 1850, is one of several Boston partnerships that Charles Foss entered into.

This example is a 6 5/8" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., preserve spoon or large sugar spoon.

The style is characteristic of the period, with an "Oval Thread" pattern handle and a shell bowl. The backside carries a script "JAL" monogram.

In very good condition, it is essentially absent wear and has a warm, bright, patina. The bowl is free of dents, dings, cracks, or burrs.

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Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Rice, Circa 1820s
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-04   Sold

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by William C. Rice, Circa 1820s
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Offered is a fine and scarce example of the work of Philadelphia silversmith William C. Rice, whose biographical information appears in Catherine Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Rice is mostly mentioned after 1830, but this spoon appears to have been made earlier, perhaps at the beginning of his career. This spoon has a well-struck maker's mark and is decorated with an engraved period script monogram of "MB". This piece measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details

Coin Silver Teaspoon with Very Rare Mark - Richard Garratt, Ca. 1830
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160219-03   Sold

Coin Silver Teaspoon with Very Rare Mark - Richard Garratt, Ca. 1830
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Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of R.GARRATT, which was used by little-known silversmith Richard Garratt, whose biographical information appears below. Garratt is not mentioned in any silver reference book I've been able to review, and this is the only example of his mark that I've seen. This piece has a very clear maker's mark and is engraved in period script with the original owner's name. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18... Click for details

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