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Early Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Silver Pastry Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2891f   $65.00


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Measuring 6" long and weighing just scant of 1.0 T. oz., this four tine item is a pastry fork.

It is an original production example of Alvin's early 20th century, Art Nouveau, "Old Orange Blossom," informally known as "OOB."

It is imprinted with the Alvin emblem, and the words "Patent" and "Sterling," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of an early piece.

The handle end is upturned and has an Old English "W" monogram that is very shallowly inscribed and only faintly... Click for details

Rare Early 19th Century Philadelphia Teaspoon - David Kelley c.1810-15
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-08   $27.50


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Offered is a scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler David Kelley, whose biographical information appears following the description of this piece. This piece is decorated with a lovely period engraved script monogram of "AK" and bears a well-struck maker's mark for Kelley. This is only the second Kelley spoon I've come across. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is fair at best with a lot of dings and... Click for details

Early Crested Irish Georgian Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon, Ca. 1784
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-05   $145.00


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Offered is a fine Irish 18th Century sterling silver stuffing or gravy spoon fully hallmarked for Dublin, 1784 and bearing the maker's mark of John Pittar, a prolific and well-respected silversmith. The hallmarks and maker's mark are clear and well struck. This piece also bears a period engraved armorial of a hand grasping a dagger. This platter spoon measures about 11 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 96 grams. It is quite a good example of the "Celtic point" style or pattern. ... Click for details

George III English Sterling Stuffing Spoon by John Lias, Circa 1787
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-04   $100.00


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Offered is a good late 18th Century English sterling silver stuffing spoon hallmarked for London, 1787 and bearing a makers mark of IL, which is probably one of the marks used by John Lias. This piece is also decorated with a well-executed period engraved feathered script monogram of "RMM". It measures about 11 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 92 grams. Condition is good overall, with two tiny shallow dimples in the bowl and a few small scratches, but no major dents and no splits or... Click for details

Gorgeous Russian Empire Pair of Sugar Tongs from Riga, Ca. 1881
Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-03   $60.00


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Offered is a rare example of 19th Century silver from Riga, Latvia, at the time a part of the Russian Empire. This piece is a heavy and well-decorated pair of sugar tongs bearing hallmarks for Riga, 1881. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs a heavy 56 grams or so. This example of a pair of sugar tongs is interesting in that it has a style that is distinct from Russian pieces, but is also distinct from tongs from the Western European countries. It is an attractive pair! ... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Jacob Stockman of Philadelphia c1832-50
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-02   $12.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver salt spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Stockman, working alone and in partnership circa 1819 to 1850 as a silversmith and pencil and thimble maker, and from 1850-55 as a pencil-maker and jeweler. This spoon probably dates to the 1832-50 period by style; Stockman was working alone during this period and produced much of his work then. This piece bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 3 3/4... Click for details

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Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-01   $25.00


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Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

Whiting Mid 19th Century "Calla Lily" Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2888f   $475.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was... Click for details

Lattice Sterling Mustard Pot with Ladle and Ruby Red Glass Liner
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2887f   $90.00


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Standing 3 1/4" tall on a 2 3/8" wide rimmed base, this mustard pot is a very decorative item.

The holder is sterling silver with a lattice body with beaded detailing on the upper rim and handle. The 2" diameter lid has a raised flower, perhaps wild rose, and leafy scroll design with a solid thumb grip.

The liner is ruby red glass and is original to the piece, as is the 3 3/4" long, sterling bead and twist pattern mustard ladle. The total weight of the silver is 2.5 T. oz.

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Very Early Georgian Cast Sugar Tongs by William & John Deane c1759-68
Silver : Sterling

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20161023-01   $60.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the work of specialist London sugar tong maker silversmiths William & John Deane, whose biographical information appears below, courtesy of the site

http://www.silversugartongs.com/

http://www.silversugartongs.com/london/DWI%20-%20William%20and%20John%20Deane/William%20and%20John%20Deane.htm

As noted on that site, cast tongs by the Deanes are very uncommon - the tongs on the site, which are very similar to these, are the first pair the site owner... Click for details

Teapot by Joseph Richardson, Jr., Philadelphia, circa 1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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5277   $3,125.00


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Marked twice on bottom J(pellet)R. Sides divided into eight panels. Silver urn finial. Wood handle. Height 7". Maximum horizontal dimension 13-1/4". Total weight 20.1 troy ounces.The monogram is a script EM on one side. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Coffee pot by Joseph Richardson, Jr., ca 1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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5276   $4,500.00


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Marked twice on bottom J(pellet)R. Sides with eight panels. Silver urn finial. Wood handle. Height 13". Maximum horizontal dimension 12". Weight (total 36.2 troy ounces. The monogram on one side is a script EM. Overall and mark condition are excellent (one pin prick dent on the side).

London 1900-1 Jones & Willis Sterling Silver & Wood Pie Trowel
Silver : Sterling

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2883f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Frequently found as a presentation or commemorative item, this flat blade form of a trowel pie server lends itself to an inscription.

This 11 1/4" long example has an engraved margin, but is otherwise plain and without any erasures.

The large, 6" long by 3 1/4" at the widest, blade is sterling silver, as is the shank which is fitted with a turned, appearing to be rosewood or mahogany, handle. The piece weighs 4.8 T. oz., including the handle, which comprises a relatively insignificant... Click for details

Blackinton "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2877f   $65.00


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An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.

The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold... Click for details

Stieff Williamsburg No. "R.T. 28" Sterling Silver Open Round Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2874f   $145.00


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Measuring 5 1/2" wide by 2 5/8" high, and weighing a substantial 5.3 T. oz., this item was made by The Stieff Company of Baltimore.

Made for Colonial Williamsburg as part of an exclusive line, it is described in a 1976 catalog as "A design of classic simplicity copied from a bowl made by Philip Syng (1676-1739)."

It sits on a tiered base that is 3" across, and has an applied upper rim.

There is a line "MSB" script monogram on the side.

In exceptionally fine condition, it sits... Click for details

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