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Fine Large Crested Georgian Sterling Silver Beaker, London Circa 1813
Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-06   Sold

Fine Large Crested Georgian Sterling Silver Beaker, London Circa 1813
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Offered is a lovely and well executed English sterling silver beaker from the reign of George III. This piece is fully hallmarked for London, 1813 and bears a rubbed maker's mark that ends with an "A" and is very likely that of Stephen Adams II, plateworker of London. This beaker is expertly engraved with a period armorial of a large cat (perhaps a female lion?), and the period initials CTW. There are also block initials to the base, presumably for a different owner. This piece has good... Click for details

Set of Three Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Y. Savage of NC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-05   $295.00

Set of Three Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Y. Savage of NC
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Offered is an exceptionally scarce set of three Southern coin silver teaspoons by John Y. Savage, silversmith. According to Cathy Hollan's 'Virginia Silversmiths,' John Y. Savage was working in Raleigh, NC between 1814 and 1824, in Salisbury, NC in 1823, in Richmond, Virginia circa 1829-32 (he may have been working as a dentist as well), and in New York City circa 1839-60. These three spoons almost certainly date to Savage's Raleigh period - the style is right, and the proportions and shoulder... Click for details

Set of Three Very Early Coin Silver Spoons by James S. Sharrard of KY
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-04   Sold

Set of Three Very Early Coin Silver Spoons by James S. Sharrard of KY
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Offered is a very scarce example of the early work of Kentucky silversmith James S. Sharrard (1816 - 1880). Sharrard was working in Paris, KY by 1836; around 1841 he moved to Shelbyville and moved again around 1856 to Henderson. Around 1863 Sharrard moved to Louisville, where he spent the majority of his final years, though he appears to have been buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville. The book "A New History of Kentucky" by Harrison & Klotter (2009), notes Sharrard also had a presence... Click for details

Pr of Unusual Silver Serving Pieces by Gale & Willis, New York 1859-62
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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20151003-03   Sold

Pr of Unusual Silver Serving Pieces by Gale & Willis, New York 1859-62
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Offered is a fine early pair of interesting American silver servers (very early sterling rather than coin silver) by Gale & Willis, a short lived partnership between William Gale, Sr. and his son-in-law John R. Willis which lasted from 1859 to 1862. Each server in this matched pair measures about 7 5/8 inches in length, and the pair weigh about 110 grams altogether. As the pictures show, the bowls are fluted in a way different than that of sugar spoons, and the underside has a thick drop to... Click for details

Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver Teapot by Harvey Lewis, Circa 1820
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20151003-02   Sold

Gorgeous Philadelphia Coin Silver Teapot by Harvey Lewis, Circa 1820
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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver tea pot by noted Philadelphia silversmith Harvey Lewis. Mr. Lewis was born in 1783, apprenticed to Joseph Lownes in 1795, and was working independently by 1802. He worked from about 1805-11 with Joseph D. Smith, and then largely alone thereafter. He had a successful career throughout his life and died in 1835. This piece should by style date to the mid-point of Mr. Lewis' career, circa 1820, though it could of course have been made somewhat earlier... Click for details

Immaculate Gorham Figural "Paris" Sterling Silver Cold Meat Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2582f   $195.00

Immaculate Gorham Figural
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An extravagant design, Gorham's "Paris" portrays an array of emblematic imagery.

These include figures such as a standing woman with an arc of stars around her head and a banner reading "Genovepha Parisis," and a pair of cherubs flanking the top front of the handle.

City landmarks are represented by a rendering of the full fa├žade of "Notre Dame," while other, more generic, symbols include a wooden ship powered by sail and oars, birds with raised wings, acanthus, ivy, and laurel leaves,... Click for details

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Tiffany "Tiffany" aka "Beekman" Early Sterling Silver Salad Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2578f   $85.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany's earliest pattern issued after the company became its own manufacturer was also the firm's namesake line, i.e. "Tiffany." It was later reissued with very slight design modifications under the name "Beekman," and is more generally recognized as that today.

This example is an early production piece, marked "Tiffany & Co.," "Sterling," "Pat. 1869," and with a lower case "m."

It is a 6 5/8" long salad fork, and, as became a benchmark with Tiffany silver, is heavy, weighing nearly... Click for details

Rare Paris, Kentucky Coin Silver Ladle by George Snyder Sr. or Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20150920-01   Sold

Rare Paris, Kentucky Coin Silver Ladle by George Snyder Sr. or Jr.
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Offered is a lovely and rare example of the work of Kentucky silversmith George Snyder Sr. (working in Paris, KY circa 1803-13) or his son George Snyder, Jr. (working in Paris alone circa 1813? to 1831 or so). George Snyder Sr. is most famous for having invented the first American fishing reel with multiplying gears - only about 8 of these reels still exist, and are valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. After George Sr.'s death in 1813, the Snyder family continued to make both silver and... Click for details

Heavy Dominick & Haff "Corona" Solid Sterling Silver Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2572f   $225.00

Heavy Dominick & Haff
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An immensely scaled piece, this ice cream knife or slice is about as large an example of such things as can be found. It measures a full 12" long and weighs just over 5.0 T. oz.

It is solid sterling silver, with a flat blade that measures 7 1/2" by 1 3/4". This has a beveled lower edge, and upswept, pointed tip. The upper edge is perfectly straight.

The pattern is "Corona" by Dominick & Haff. This is a double shell design that appears on both sides of the handle. The handle front... Click for details

Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2571f   $195.00

Koehler & Ritter, San Francisco, Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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Made by San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, and so marked, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and something of a pie crust border.... Click for details

Tiffany "Lap-Over-Edge" Engraved Birds Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2569f   $150.00

Tiffany
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One of the most imaginative of Tiffany's full line designs, and fully Aesthetic in sensibility, "Lap-Over-Edge" was offered in plain, acid etched, and applied variants. The non-plain pieces incorporated an extensive array of motifs, including insects, animals, and sea life.

This example is a 5 7/8" long, just over .9 T. oz., sugar spoon. It has an acid etched surface that portrays two birds and a portion of a third, all sitting on branches. The backside has the rippled border that gives... Click for details

Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2567f   $52.00

Large S.H. Johnson Twist Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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Lengthy at 7 7/8" overall, and weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., this coin silver master butter knife is a substantially scaled example of the form.

It is stamped "S.H. Johnson" for the early 1860s New York firm which had a short life before becoming the generally better known Kidney, Cann, & Johnson. There is also a three part, "bust, SHJ in a lozenge, lion" pseudo hallmark which is a second identifier of the company.

The flat, oval, handle is bright cut with wriggle work detailing. ... Click for details

Vintage Crosby etched glass bud vase with sterling silver base
Crystal

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safn-5518   $28.00

Vintage Crosby etched  glass bud vase with sterling silver base
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Crosby Bud Vase made of thin blown crystal with delicate etched floral pattern and a blown ruffled top. It has a sterling silver weighted base that shows some tarnish as you can see in the picture. No dents, dings, chips or cracks. It stands approximately 10" tall.

Frank Smith Plain Band Solid Sterling Silver Round Napkin Ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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Frank Smith Plain Band Solid Sterling Silver Round Napkin Ring
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A large item measuring 1 3/4" in diameter and standing 1 1/2" high, this napkin ring is also quite weighty at nearly 1.9 T. oz.

It was made by Frank Smith, whose "lion and S" emblem is stamped on the inside lower rim, along with the word "Sterling."

It is entirely plain, and without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same.

In choice estate condition, it remains perfectly round and is free of bends, nicks, or blemishes. The finish is bright, with a rich patina.

Gorham No. C 75 Repousse Collapsible Sterling Silver Shaving Brush
Silver : Sterling

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2564f   $115.00

Gorham No. C 75 Repousse Collapsible Sterling Silver Shaving Brush
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This collapsible shaving brush made by Gorham is illustrated in the company catalog of 1906 (see image 2).

It measures 6" long when fully assembled, and 3 1/8" when folded up. Solid sterling, the holder and perforated cap weigh .7 T. oz. combined, while the base and brush together weigh another .7 T. oz.

The body is a high relief floral and leaf repousse design. There is a central reserve which is engraved with an embellished script "TB" monogram.

The natural bristle brush stores... Click for details

Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
Silver : Coin Silver

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20150829-01   $35.00

Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
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Offered is a good American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Charles Piquette, silversmith and gold pen manufacturer of Detroit. Charles is one of two sons of Jean-Baptiste Piquette, silversmith of Montreal, who came to Detroit circa 1803. Charles and his brother, John B. Piquette, were trained by their father in the silversmith's profession, but it is more likely this spoon was manufactured by someone else and retailed by Charles Piquette, as his focus seems to have been on the... Click for details

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