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Gorham Figured Old "Paris" Large Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3674f   $95.00


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Lengthy at 5", and weighty at 1.7 T. oz., this pair of tongs are heavily ornamented.

The pattern, "Paris" by Gorham, was issued in 1900, at the crest of the Gilded Age, and reflects the same Beaux Arts design sensibilities that generated innumerable monumental public buildings throughout the country that yet stand as iconic reminders of their time.

These are an old example of the pattern, marked "lion, anchor, G" and "Sterling," and not a later reissue of the line.

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Very Rare Coin Silver Claret Ladle by Wood & Hughes, Circa 1845-75
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181028-02   $175.00


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Offered is a very scarce American coin silver claret ladle by the well-known firm of Wood & Hughes; this piece appears to date to the firm's coin silver period, between about 1845 and 1875. This piece measures about 9 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 25 grams. It is marked with the firm's maker's mark on the flat section in the middle of the handle. The bowl of the ladle is pierced, and the purpose for this was to allow the user to pick up the fruit in a wine or claret punch, without... Click for details

NFS - Interesting Twist-Arm Sugar Tongs Circa 1790-1810 Marked SR
Silver : Coin Silver

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This piece is not for sale, but help me solve the mystery of who made this piece, and I will send you a very nice coin silver spoon in thanks! These twist-arm American coin silver sugar tongs measure about 7 1/8 inches in length and weigh about 49 grams. The maker's mark is a fairly crude SR in a serrated punch. Please take a look at all the pictures. The engraved arms and circular reserve might indicate a Western Pennsylvania or Midwestern, or perhaps Shenandoah Valley origin, but so far... Click for details

4 MEDALLION coffee spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

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2370   $125.00


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In what Donald Soeffing has lovingly labeled a "naive" pattern (see Medallion Silver, p. 95); 4 7/8 inches long; weight 2.13 Troy ounces, fine condition; no monogram; applied warrior's head in high relief surrounded by engraving; marked only "COIN 1".

These are far above average in terms of quality, condition, and design.

Georg Jensen BLOSSOM salad set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2368   $975.00


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length 8 1/2 inches, weight an impressive 6.4 Troy ounces, no monogram, with Jensen trademark circa 1940, "84", and Swedish import marks, (see third enlargement).

Over the years, we've bought and sold many pieces of Blossom. This one is in exemplary condition, with gentle hammer marks on spoon bowl and fork tines; each petal of the blossom with full detail.

Frank Whiting "Palm" Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server or Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3666f   On Hold


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A large item, measuring 10 3/8" long and weighing nearly 2.7 T. oz., this solid silver ice cream slice was made by Frank Whiting in the "Palm" pattern.

Introduced in 1887, and embodying an Aesthetic sensibility, "Palm" is a floral and leaf design with a large fan or spray element at the terminus that evokes a palm leaf. The design is raised, lending it a chiseled or sculpted quality.

The blade on this is a statement in its own right. It has a sweeping lower edge running to a defined point,... Click for details

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Tiffany FLORENTINE soup ladle
Silver : Sterling

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2367   $395.00


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length 12 5/8 inches, weight a massive 8.69 Troy ounces, monogrammed "L" (script, obverse), some light wear and minor scratches in bowl but fine overall condition and truly a grand old piece of Tiffany flatware which unlike others of its kind won't make quite such a big dent in your bank account...

Gorham STRASBOURG chocolate muddler
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2366   Sold


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length 8 1/4 inches, weight 1.05 oz Troy, fine condition, monogrammed as shown in fourth enlargement.

Rhoads, Lancaster PA, Six Matched Twist Handle Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3665f   $95.00


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Measuring 5 7/8" long each and weighing 3.2 T. oz. the lot, each of these six spoons has a broad, tipt end handle with a twisted stem. The bowls are generously proportioned at 2 1/8" by 1 1/4" and have pointed tips.

They are marked "Rhoads" for Henry Zahm Rhoads, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania jeweler and watchmaker. Information in an online biography suggests these date within a narrow time frame, between 1861 when Rhoads returned from an apprenticeship in Virginia at the outbreak of the Civil... Click for details

J.L. Moore, NYC, "French Thread" Heavy Coin Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3664f   $32.00


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Weighing a substantial 1.6 T. oz., and measuring 7" long, this piece is variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup spoon.

It is in a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern and marked "J[ared].L. Moore" for the New York City jeweler and watchmaker working during the second quarter of the 19th century.

The name "Settle" is engraved in script on the handle front, set sideways.

It is in very fine condition, free of polishing wear or other signs of use, and having a bright,... Click for details

Gorham c. 1858 Lion Footed Large Coin Silver Master Salt, Indianapolis
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3663f   $160.00


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One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," (more commonly spelled "Talbott") of Indianapolis.

This is large, measuring 3" by 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" high, and robust weight at just over 2.4 T. oz.

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William Gale & Son Octagonal 1850s Coin Silver Footed Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3661f   $135.00


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This mug stands 3" to the top edge, 3 1/2" to the highest point of the handle, has a top opening 2 3/4" across, a rimmed foot that is 1 7/8" in diameter, and weighs 2.9 T. oz.

It has double marks, one of which is "WG&S" for William Gale & Son, and a second which is three part, one of which includes a diamond imprinted with the date "185x," with the final number obscured.

The form is octagonal, with a beaded edge top and beaded rim base. The sidewalls have a raised flower, leaf, and... Click for details

Important Set of Four Washington, DC Dessert Spoons by Bentley & Wood
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-18   $750.00


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Offered is an extraordinary set of four early American coin silver dessert spoons by Washington, DC silversmiths Joseph Bentley and William Wood, circa 1809. This brief partnership, conducted at the Washington Navy Yard, lasted only from December 1808 through the end of August 1809, when it was dissolved by mutual consent. Silver bearing the mark of this partnership is of course extremely rare, and this set of dessert spoons with extremely well preserved maker's marks is very likely the best... Click for details

Very Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Benjamin Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-16   $25.00


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia watchmaker and jeweler Benjamin Robinson, working circa 1818-44. This piece has a good clear mark for. Mr. Robinson and a city mark for Philadelphia; it also has the eagle with shield mark thought perhaps to denote manufacture by R. & W. Wilson, though to my knowledge this hasn't been proved. Please take a look at all the photographs. This piece is also engraved with a period script monogram. It measures about 5 3/4 inches... Click for details

Superb Group of Coin Silver Spoons by Lewis & Smith and Edward Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-15   $165.00


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Offered is an excellent pair of Philadelphia coin silver dessert spoons by noted silversmiths Lewis & Smith, circa 1805-11, with a pair of Philadelphia coin silver teaspoons by Edward Lownes of the same date, all bearing the same exceptionally engraved period script monogram. These spoons were located separately many years apart, but originate from the same service and have now been reunited. The dessert spoons measure about 6 7/8 inches in length and the teaspoons about 5 7/8 inches in... Click for details

Good Coin Silver Teaspoon by Guy Loomis of Sheffield, MA and Erie, PA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-07   $24.00


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver teaspoon by silversmith Guy Loomis circa 1825-45; it has a clear maker's mark for Loomis and is engraved with period script initials "LL" for the original owner. By style, it could date either to Loomis' time in Sheffield, Massachusetts (circa 1816-37), or to his Erie period, from 1837 to 1874. This piece measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is excellent overall, with minor signs of wear from normal use, but... Click for details

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