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Excellent Tablespoon by James Peters of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-02   $45.00

Excellent Tablespoon by James Peters of Philadelphia
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Offered is an excellent early American coin silver table spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and spectacle maker James Peters, circa 1825-50. This spoon measures about 8 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 54 grams. It is in excellent condition, with very little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This spoon bears a finely engraved period script monogram and has a clear maker's mark and fineness mark. All in all a fine example of Philadelphia coin silver!

Rare Mulberry Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon James Peters
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-01   $55.00

Rare Mulberry Pattern Coin Silver Teaspoon James Peters
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A fine and rare example of the Mulberry pattern most often seen on Charleston, South Carolina silver, but this time on a tea spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith James Peters, working circa 1813-36 on his own. The swage used in Philadelphia by Peters is slightly different from that used by the Ewan family of Charleston, but the two swages may have been made by the same die cutter. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. There is a period engraved script... Click for details

Set of 5 Teaspoons by Brady & Elliott, Pottsville, PA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141004-03   $75.00

Set of 5 Teaspoons by Brady & Elliott, Pottsville, PA
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Offered is a fine set of five American coin silver tea spoons by the Pottsville, Pennsylvania partnership of Brady & Elliott , working on Centre St. in Pottsville circa 1853. See below for information on lead partner William Brady. This set of teaspoons averages about 5 5/8 inches in length and the five spoons together weigh about 88 grams. It is engraved in period script with the name Lee - given the small size of the Pottsville community at the time, the probably identity of the original... Click for details

Philadelphia Teaspoon by Rare Maker - Owens & Dubosq
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141004-02   $20.00

Philadelphia Teaspoon by Rare Maker - Owens & Dubosq
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Offered is a fine American coin silver tea spoon by the short-lived partnership of Samuel W. Owens and George Dubosq, working in Philadelphia from 1855-56. This teaspoon is the only example I've noted of their maker's mark. This teaspoon is in excellent condition with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. This spoon has a clear maker's mark and also features a good period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine... Click for details

Fine Pair of Dessert Spoons by James Hansell Ca. 1825
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141004-01   Sale Pending

Fine Pair of Dessert Spoons by James Hansell Ca. 1825
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A fine pair of American coin silver dessert spoons by Philadelphia silversmith James Hansell, working circa 1816-58; these spoons appear to date to about 1825, but could be a bit later. They measure about 7 1/8 inches in length, and weigh 32 grams each. Each spoon has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram of "N". Condition is very good overall, with moderate surface wear and light tip wear, but no notable dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine pair in a... Click for details

John Smyth, Dublin, 1855 Sterling "Tipt" Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2238f   $95.00

John Smyth, Dublin, 1855 Sterling
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European in scale, meaning large and heavy, this Victorian dinner fork measures 8" long and weighs a robust 2.4 T. oz.

It is Irish in origin, fully marked for sterling, Dublin, 1855, and maker John Smyth, also Smith.

It is a "Tipt" design with an upturned end, beveled edges on the handle, and angular wings off the join with the eating end. It is inscribed "Susan" in script lettering with an exaggerated, stylized middle "s."

It is in very good condition. There is light wear overall,... Click for details

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Set of Three Spoons, John Tyng Peabody, Wilmington, NC
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141003-01   $295.00

Set of Three Spoons, John Tyng Peabody, Wilmington, NC
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A fine and rare set of three Southern coin silver teaspoons by silversmith John Tyng Peabody of Wilmington, NC. John Tyng Peabody began working as a silversmith in Wilmington around 1787 and worked there throughout his career, dying in 1822. His son, John Peabody, later worked in Fayetteville, NC from 1825 and then in Nashville, TN from 1836-50. However, these spoons bear a mark believed to have been used only by the father, a crude J PEABODY in a rectangular punch, with a symbol similar to a... Click for details

Huge Durgin "Du Barry" Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2236f   $265.00

Huge Durgin
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Perhaps the largest of any serving spoon in the "Du Barry" line, this item measures 9 3/4" long and is exceptionally heavy at nearly 5.3 T. oz.

It was retailed by New York City's "Theodore B. Starr," as stamped on the backside of the bowl. Other marks are the Durgin "D," and the word "Sterling."

An elaborate design, "Du Barry" features high relief leafy sprays complimented by small branches of what appear to be laurel leaves. The design is carried into the bowl, which is finished in a... Click for details

Fenno & Hale, Bangor, Maine, "Grape" Coin Silver Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2235f   On Hold

Fenno & Hale, Bangor, Maine,
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A full-size dinner fork at 7 3/4" long, and heavy at 1.6 T. oz., this is stamped "Fenno & Hale" for the Bangor, Maine retailer, and "Patent 1850."

A handsome example of mid 19th century tableware, the design is an "Olive" variant with the addition of two clusters of grapes flanking a grape leaf set on the handle terminus. The backside is reminiscent of "Tuscan," a Gibney design which is itself another "Olive" derivative. The design patentee was "one of the Gordon brothers of Boston,... Click for details

Whiting No. 814 Sterling Handle Grape Shears
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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2233f   $85.00

Whiting No. 814 Sterling Handle Grape Shears
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Dating from 1916 according to the code emblem stamped on the inside of one arm, this 6 1/2" long pair of grape shears, aka grape scissors, has unusually shaped handles. They have oval interiors and faceted exteriors, and are embellished with grape clusters and leaves on both front and back sides.

The maker was Whiting, whose lion hallmark appears on the inside of an arm, along with the words "Sterling and Other Metals," and the model number "814." The steel cutting blades are marked... Click for details

Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-03   $40.00

Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
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Offered is a fine 19th Century English sterling silver wine taster by the well-known partnership of John Aldwinckle and Thomas Slater. This would also make a good small dressing table dish, such as for rings. This piece is fully hallmarked for 1889-90, and is in fine condition, with light wear and some minor areas of stubborn tarnish, but no dents or repairs. This piece measures a bit over 3 1/2 inches across, and weighs about 54 grams. All in all a fine example of antique English silver!

18th Century French Silver Soup Ladle with Coat of Arms
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-02   $375.00

18th Century French Silver Soup Ladle with Coat of Arms
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Offered is a fine and scarce 18th century French silver soup or punch ladle, dating to the era before the French Revolution, probably around 1784-89. The ladle is hallmarked with a clear maker's mark, and two marks of a ladder-back chair, which appears to signify the ladle comes from the Arras (Lille) area. The ladle also bears an ornate and well-executed coat of arms or armorial indicating the original owner of the ladle was probably a Marquis. Condition is very good, with little wear and no... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Rene L. Gravelle
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-01   $25.00

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Rene L. Gravelle
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler Rene L. Gravelle, working primarily circa 1815-30. Gravelle's work is always sought after. This teaspoon bears a period script monogram and a clear maker's mark. It measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is good aside from some dimples to the bowl; there are no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of American coin silver!

J.P. Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2232f   $45.00

J.P. Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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Often associated with the better known James Watts, partly because he was briefly in partnership with him, and partly because of the similarity of his horse head over chevron hallmark to Watts', James P. Butler of Philadelphia engaged in various enterprises, including in the 1860s and 70s, silverware manufacturing(source Catherine B. Hollan "Philadelphia Silversmiths").

This example is a 6 1/2" long, .9 T. oz., preserve or large sugar spoon. It is stamped with the Butler emblem, plus the... Click for details

Rare Lewisburg, PA Teaspoon, John K. Housel Ca. 1823-45
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140925-02   $47.50

Rare Lewisburg, PA Teaspoon, John K. Housel Ca. 1823-45
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Offered is a rare and fine American coin silver teaspoon by Lewisburg silversmith John K. Housel. There were a number of Housels working as silversmiths and watchmakers in Pennsylvania over the course of at least two generations, and the relationships between these men are confusing and poorly documented. However, the Union County Historical Society, covering Lewisburg (which is north of Harrisburg) holds silver with this mark, attributed to John K. Housel. Housel is known from tax lists to... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Richard H. L. Villard
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140925-01   $37.50

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Richard H. L. Villard
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver tea spoon by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple... Click for details

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