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Wood and Hughes "Japanese" pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2226   $375.00

Wood and Hughes
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length 10 3/8 inches, weight 3.48 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...

Tiffany "Olive" Flat Handle Coin Silver Tea Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2836f   $50.00

Tiffany
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This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., tea or dessert knife is unusual in several regards.

One, it is an example of Tiffany retailed coin silver. Early to adopt a sterling standard, coin instances perforce go deep into the history of that storied company.

Second, it an "Olive" pattern, which is one not commonly found among Tiffany's offerings.

Lastly the maker is unknown, with this only marked "Tiffany & Co." on the backside of the blade, and absent a manufacturer's identification that... Click for details

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-04   $57.50

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce or cream ladle measuring about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 32 grams, engraved with an armorial of a hound's head erased, issuing from a coronet. This piece bears the maker's mark of Platt & Brothers, silversmiths of New York City, NY, working circa 1836-46 with a shop at 12 Maiden Lane. Crested American coin silver is comparatively uncommon but was especially popular in New York City and in Baltimore. This ladle is in very good... Click for details

Westervelt Engraved "Medallion" Coin Silver Twist Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2834f   $85.00

Westervelt Engraved
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A combination of a die struck pattern and a "Medallion" design, this master butter knife measures 7 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

Made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, c. 1863, the handle is in his drooping leaf or wreath with acanthus leaf detailing design.

The blade is set at a twisted right angle to the handle and is engraved and engine turned on both sides. In addition, the front features an engraved warrior head.

Westervelt offered a primary line with this... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, Immaculate
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2831f   $295.00

Wood & Hughes
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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

This is an exceptionally fine example in... Click for details

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2830f   $90.00

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been... Click for details

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ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2223   $150.00

ANTIQUE IVY, ENGRAVED pair of sterling tablespoons
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length 8 5/8 inches, weight 3.9 Troy ounces, monogrammed "B", outstanding original condition, marked "Shreve Crump & Low" with 925 in oval.

Though not a "first demand" pattern, the Antique Ivies were made by several manufacturers, and involved extensive skill and hand work to produce. Expensive when first sold, they are members of a dying breed, as most flatware of this quality has now been consigned to the melting pot. This handsome pair was given as a twenty-fifth wedding anniversary... Click for details

Wong Shing Chinese Export Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : China Trade

Old Friends  
2829f   $90.00

Wong Shing Chinese Export Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
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A substantial piece, this gravy ladle measures 6 1/2" long, has a gold washed, oval bowl that is 2 1/4" by 1 3/4" by 3/4" deep. It weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The fiddle shaped handle has beveled edges, a tipt backside, and curves downward. It has a feathered script "MTP" monogram on the front. There is an exposed drop where the handle joins the bowl.

A "Chinese Export" piece, it is stamped with four pseudo hallmarks used by "Wongshing," aka "Wong Shing," located in Canton c. 1810-35 according to... Click for details

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160828-01   $55.00

Large Delaware Coin Silver Tablespoon by James Guthre Ca. 1822-50
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Offered is a very good American coin silver table spoon by Wilmington silversmith James Guthre (1796-1877), who was working by about 1820 and continued to work for a fairly long period of time. Guthre was fairly prolific and this tablespoon is a good example of his work. It bears a clear strike of his maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram of JPJ. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 58 grams. Condition overall is good, with a very... Click for details

Black, Starr & Frost "Antique" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2827f   $45.00

Black, Starr & Frost
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Six inches long, with a bowl that is 1 7/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep, and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this item is a sugar sifter.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Black, Starr & Frost," for the New York City retailer that succeeded "Ball, Black" in 1874.

The handle is a rounded end "Antique." The pierced bowl has coffered walls and is finished with a gold wash inside and out.

The form is evocative of one commonly used by John Wendt who had a relationship with Ball, Black that ended... Click for details

Six Matched Westervelt "Ivy" Sterling Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2826f   $110.00

Six Matched Westervelt
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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was one of the most successful of the 19th century silver manufacturers located in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

The "Ivy" design on these six, 5 7/8" long, 3.5 T. oz. the lot, matching teaspoons, is one of the firm's signature patterns. Made to both a coin and sterling standard, these are marked "Sterling," dating them to 1870 or later according to silver scholar D. A. Soeffing.

Each one has a feathered script "M.A.S." monogram... Click for details

Unger Brothers "Douvaine" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2824f   $36.00

Unger Brothers
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Measuring 5 13/16" long and good heft at just short of 1.0 T. oz., and dating from early in the 20th century, this sterling silver teaspoon is in mint estate condition.

The pattern is Unger Brothers' Art Nouveau "Douvaine."

An expressive design, it features a dolphin or fish like image at the tip of the handle, and a renaissance or gargoyle like figure set midway on the handle.

This is all surrounded by an array of flowing detail that includes a crossed ribbon motif that extends down... Click for details

Whiting "Louis XV" Long Handle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2823f   $55.00

Whiting
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A matched pair, these two items are early examples of Whiting's late 19th century "Louis XV" pattern.

They are long versions of an olive serving spoon and fork, with the former measuring 8 3/4" and weighing just over .9 T. oz., while the latter is 8 7/8" long and weighs just under .8 T. oz.

The spoon has a lattice work bowl with decorated shoulders. It and the two hooked tines on the fork are finished in a satin gold wash.

Neither piece has ever been monogrammed, and both of them... Click for details

H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver "Tipt" Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
2822f   $34.00

H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver
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A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on... Click for details

Scarce Early Frankford (Philadelphia) Spoon by Samuel Huckel, c1818-30
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-05   Sold

Scarce Early Frankford (Philadelphia) Spoon by Samuel Huckel, c1818-30
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Offered is a rare example of the work of Frankford (in NE Philadelphia) clock and watch maker and silversmith Samuel Huckel (b. 1798 - d. 1883). This teaspoon by style should date to the early part of Huckel's career, circa 1818-30. His silver flatware is very hard to find, and the mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a good clear maker's mark and features... Click for details

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-02   $17.50

Crested English Sterling Shell Salt Spoon by Charles Boynton, c1863
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Offered is a good Victorian English sterling silver master salt spoon crested with an armorial of a duck, by noted London silversmith Charles Boynton (II), and fully hallmarked for London, 1863. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is good overall, with some wear but no splits or repairs. The bowl is intentionally shallow. All in all a nice useful piece, over 150 years old!

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