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Good Large Coin Silver Sugar Sifter by Harbottle & Smith Ca. 1850-67
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20171128-01   $65.00


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver sugar sifter in an unknown but attractive pattern, bearing the maker's mark or retailer's mark of Harbottle & Smith, retailers of Auburn, NY circa 1850-67. The partners were George Harbottle and Charles Augustus Smith. This piece measures about 7 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 54 grams. It is engraved with period script monograms to the front and back of the handle, and a slightly later but similar small script monogram at the bottom of the... Click for details

W. Mitchell Jr., Richmond VA, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon, As Found
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3324f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Prominent among early 19th century Richmond, Virginia, silversmiths, William Mitchell, Jr., began his working career about 1815, and ended it when he sold his established business in 1847 to his brother Samuel and John Tyler, who in turned formed the well-known firm of Tyler and Mitchell (Cutten, "Silversmiths of Virginia").

This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner.

It is a "Reverse... Click for details

T&W Chawner, London, "Onslow" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3323f   $115.00


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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing 1.7 T. oz., this sterling silver sugar sifter is a fine example of quality 18th century English silversmithing.

The marks are rubbed, but clear enough to identify the maker's stamp, TC on the horizontal intersecting with WC on the vertical, belonging to Thomas and William Chawner, as attributed by Grimwade in the "unregistered marks" section. The leopard and lion are blurred but legible, while the date letter is difficult to identify precisely, but the... Click for details

Towle "Orchids" Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon with Engraved Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3322dd   $75.00


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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design in the interior, which is engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is in excellent condition... Click for details

Tiffany special order napkin rings, a pair,
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2290   Sold


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each acid etched with "Jan. 14th 1891" one with the initials "LB" and the other "DB" in fanciful foliate script, height 1 3/8; diameter 1 7/8 inches, total Troy weight 2.58 ounces, excellent condition.

We've made a brief attempt to find a pair of socialites who were married that Winter Wednesday and come up empty handed, but you dear reader may have the pleasure of continuing this search, once these are safely in your collection.

Please note that our price is for the pair (!).

Lovely Basket of Flowers Coin Silver Sugar Tongs c1825 by Charles Bond
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20171127-02   $95.00


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Offered is a good pair of American coin silver sugar tongs decorated with die-struck basket of flowers motifs to each arm, and bearing the maker's mark of jeweler and silversmith Charles Bond of Boston, working circa 1825. This piece has a period engraved script monogram of "MJB" and is in good condition, with moderate surface wear and a few signs of use, but no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 38 grams. All in all a lovely example of a... Click for details

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Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver 8 1/4" Ladle by John McMullin c1810
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20171127-01   $110.00


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Offered is a lovely and scarce large American coin silver gravy or sauce ladle by noted Philadelphia silversmith John McMullin (b. 1765 - d. 1843), measuring about 8 1/4 inches in length and weighing about 60 grams. This piece by style should date to about 1810 but could be a few years earlier or later. It is certainly more than two centuries old. This piece is engraved with a well-executed period script monogram that appears to be "HT". The ladle is marked to the reverse with one of... Click for details

Abraham or James Fellows, Troy NY, "Tipt" Heavy Coin Silver Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3319f   $42.00


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Unusual by virtue of its "Fiddle Tipt" design variant, with softened, beveled edges and long, narrow, shoulders off the bowl, which itself has a singular, nearly vee shaped, raised line drop on the backside, and lastly its exceptional 1.5 T. oz. weight, resulting in a thick piece, this 7" long oval soup or dessert place spoon is stamped "Fellows" and with a "lion, bust, C" pseudo hallmark.

The mark could be for either of two brothers, Abraham or James, both born in the eighteenth century,... Click for details

R. Smith Newark NJ "Reverse Tipt" Shell Back Coin Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3317f   $36.00


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At 7 1/2" long, and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this item is larger than today's dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon. It would have been an individual place piece in its mid 19th century period.

It has a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," handle end, a narrow shank with beveled edges, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.

The bowl has a pointed tip and a raised shell design on the backside heel.

It is stamped "R[ichard]. Smith" and "Newark," along with a "lion, D,... Click for details

Fine English Sterling Silver Master Butter or Cheese Knife, Circa 1834
Silver : Sterling

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20171123-02   $42.50


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Offered is a lovely and well-preserved English sterling silver master butter knife or cheese knife, hallmarked for London, 1834-35 and with a maker's mark of JW in script, probably for John James Whiting. This piece measures about 7 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. It is expertly engraved with period script initials, probably "FHO". Condition is excellent with minimal surface wear, good color, and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely piece and a great holiday item!

Crested 18th Century English Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle - R. Crossley
Silver : Sterling

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20171123-01   $49.50


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Offered is a nice early crested Georgian English sterling silver sauce or gravy ladle by noted London silversmith Richard Crossley, fully hallmarked for 1782. The armorial is of what appears to be a lion's paw emerging from a coronet and grasping an escallop (scallop shell); I've not researched the armorial to determine the family, but it is probably traceable. This piece measures about 6 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 52 grams. Condition is fair to good overall, with some surface wear... Click for details

Charles Shaver, Utica, NY "Leaf" Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3314f   $38.00


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A 6" long, .9 T. oz., item, this sugar spoon is stamped "C C S" on the reverse, for the maker, Charles C. Shaver, who worked in Utica, New York, during the second half of the 19th century.

Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.

The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.

The bowl is a shell form in the manner... Click for details

Fine Decorated San Francisco Coin Silver Buckwheat or Tomato Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20171121-03   $75.00


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Offered is a lovely and scarce American coin silver serving piece bearing the maker's mark of George C. Shreve, working in San Francisco from about 1852 on. This piece appears to be a buckwheat or tomato server, but I am happy to be corrected if this piece had a different purpose. This server measures about 8 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. It is decorated with a period Gothic initial "C" and clearly marked. The engraving on this piece is excellent and highly decorative. ... Click for details

Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Solid Sterling Flat Handle Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3312f   $145.00


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A large item, this piece measures 10 13/16" long and weighs just over 3.3 T. oz.

It is a solid silver ice cream slice or knife in Frank Smith's "Newport Shell" pattern, which features a shell end handle with beaded border on the front, and double lined edges and the shell crest on the backside.

The commanding blade is essentially rectangular, measuring 6 1/2" at the longest and 1 7/8" at the widest. With largely flat margins, there is one scalloped area on the upper edge, and a rolling... Click for details

Gorham "Cherub" 1900 Sterling Silver Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3310f   $165.00


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Model number "B 1464 M," as stamped on the inside edge, made by Gorham, whose "lion, anchor, G" emblem" along with the word "Sterling" appears alongside the code number, this napkin ring stands 1 7/8" high and 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs just over 1.0 t. oz.

It has a plain, concave body that is ringed on the top and bottom margins by a series of five, cast, high relief, winged cherub or putti faces.

Childlike in appearance, their mien is consistent with this being a birth or baptism... Click for details

Danish Modern Sterling Silver Handle Bottle Opener
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3308f   $46.00


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Clearly inspired by the work of Georg Jensen, this 6 1/2" long bottle opener is stamped only "Sterling Handle," with no maker's identification

It has an end that mimics Jensen's "Pyramid" and design elements around the band that abuts the stainless steel opener that are reminiscent of his "Bittersweet" and "Cactus."

Cubic and angular in construction, the handle is robust and tapers inward somewhat.

Without a monogram or inscription, the piece remains in excellent condition. The... Click for details

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