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Mobile, Alabama Coin Silver Teaspoon by Walter Pearce & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180121-08   $67.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddlethread pattern, made by Wood & Hughes and retailed by Walter Pearce & Company, working in Norfolk, VA circa 1831-44 and then in Mobile, Alabmaa circa 1844-67. This piece would certainly date to Pearce's Mobile period, probably the 1859-67 period. This piece has legible marks and a rubbed period engraved script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition is fair, with moderate tip... Click for details

Lancaster, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Spoon, George Franciscus c.1819-40
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180121-07   $27.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by noted silversmith George Franciscus, who began his career in Baltimore around 1800, but who moved to Lancaster by about 1819, working there for the rest of his career, until about 1840. This piece can be confidently ascribed to Franciscus' Lancaster period, both by style and by the fact that it came with a number of other pieces from the local Lancaster area. This bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. ... Click for details

Coin Silver Spoon, John M. Peddinghaus - Colchester, CT & Marietta, OH
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180121-05   $10.00


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Offered is a nice late coin silver teaspoon bearing a rubbed but legible maker's mark or retailer's mark for John M. Peddinghaus, working in Colchester, Connecticut between about 1835 and 1865, and then in Marietta, Ohio around 1866. This spoon was probably made or sold by Peddinghaus toward the end of his career. It is engraved with a period script owner's name. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 15 grams. Condition is fair to good, with some light dings to... Click for details

Canadian Silver Salt Spn, William Venning of St. John, New Brunswick
Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180121-01   $22.50


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Offered is a nice Canadian coin silver master salt spoon by William Norris Venning (b. 1795 in England, d. 1877 in New Brunswick), circa 1840. Venning worked circa 1819-71, so this salt spoon could a few years earlier or later than 1840. This piece measures about 4 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. It has an engraved period script monogram and a legible maker's mark. Condition is good overall, with some modest signs of use but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in... Click for details

Tiffany RENAISSANCE individual salt spoons, pair of
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2295   $125.00


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length 2 1/4 inches, weight .27 oz Troy, one has slight blemishes to gilt bowl as shown but overall condition may only be described as exemplary, no monogram.

Compare on the big bad auction site @129.00 each!!

Franklin Porter shot glass & cocktail strainer
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2294   $250.00


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height 1 7/8 and 2 1/4 inches respectively; gross Troy weight 5.1 ounces, no monogram, excellent condition although the ebony (or teak?) handle is a bit wobbly in place.

Porter was a highly talented silversmith, but his work is inconsistent and sometimes sloppy. These items showcase his skills at their best. The solder joints are subtle and superbly executed, the hammering is uniform and attractive, the piercings are symmetrical.

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Carrington & Co. Large Sterling Anointing aka Coronation Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3388f   $135.00


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This piece is about as large an example of the form as was made. It measures 9 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It is a replica of an anointing spoon, also identified as a coronation spoon. These largely English items have a history that traces back to the late 19th century, with early ones like this, date mark 1904-05, generally the best crafted examples.

Indeed, this is hallmarked for the London firm of Carrington & Co. (John Bodman Carrington), which Jackson's... Click for details

Albany Coin Silver Tablespoon c1820-27 by Chauncey Johnson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180115-10   $19.50


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Offered is an American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Chauncey Johnson, who worked there from about 1820 into the 1840s, before relocating to Bastrop, Texas. This spoon can be dated to the 1820-27 period as it bears two strikes of a manufacturer's mark of an eagle head looking left, attributed by John R. McGrew to Green Hall of Albany, working circa 1810-27. This same mark appears frequently on work marked by Nehemiah B. Bassett (died 1819) alone and in partnership as Bassett &... Click for details

Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3386f   $265.00


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Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Two Twisted Handle Sterling Oyster Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3384f   $95.00


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Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups.

They have front and back, gold washed, trident tines, that are sinuous,... Click for details

Transitional Fiddle Spoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Philadelphia c1805-15
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180115-01   $17.50


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Offered is a nice early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Shoemaker, circa 1805-15. This piece has a good period engraved script monogram and a clear maker's mark. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is fair at best, with some dents to the bowl and a slight twist to the handle, but with no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of a short-lived style in Philadelphia coin silver!

Knowles "Apollo" Sterling Silver Horseradish aka Honey Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3382f   $46.00


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Lengthy items, intended to reach deep into a tall jar, horseradish spoons (sometimes identified as honey spoons) have paddle-like bowls, all of which describes this 6 1/4" long, .6 T. oz., example made by Knowles.

The pattern is "Apollo," which is a scroll, bead, and rose design that is very much in keeping with its late Victorian period (1892 issue date).

The cupped server on this is 1 3/4" long by 3/4" at the widest, and has a satin matte finish.

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Whiting No. 1469A Swing Handle Acid Etched Sterling Silver Basket
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3381f   $125.00


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Likely dating from the 1880s, this 4 1/2" wide, 2" high to the rim, 4" to the top of the swing handle, 2.4 T. oz., basket, shows Aesthetic design influences.

The rim is scalloped and the tapered sidewalls are undulating. The solid handle is twisted, with a smooth, square, grip at the top.

There is a large scale representation of a wild rose blossom, branch, and leaves acid etched on the otherwise plain body. Acid etching is a technique that produces a more textured surface than simple... Click for details

Frank Smith "Earle" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3380f   $24.00


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Largely rococo in style, Frank Smith's 1890 "Earle" is an asymmetrical pattern that features a dense array of acanthus leaf, scroll, and floral elements.

The handle backside is plain save for the marks, which are the Frank Smith "lion" emblem and "925/1000 fine."

This example is a 6 1/8" long, relatively weighty at 1.0 T. oz., youth fork.

Although having a reserve area, this was never monogrammed and is in very good condition. Pattern detail remains well-defined and the finish is warm... Click for details

C.A.W. Crosby Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife with Engraved Bird
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3379f   $36.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.

In good condition, it retains excellent form and... Click for details

Durgin FAIRFAX pea spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2293   $350.00


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For our first listing of 2018, let's return to some good old fashioned pattern silver, a subject in which few folks seem to have any interest but we'll give it a shot because I'm a glutton for punishment and thrive on rejection.

Retailed by Boston's own late lamented and very elegant Bigelow Kennard, this implement is 8 5/8 inches long, weighs 2.76 Troy ounces, has no monogram and is in excellent condition. If memory serves me correctly, this is the first pea spoon we've ever offered in... Click for details

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