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Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160406-02   $125.00

Set of Three Rare Early Teaspoons by Henry Biershing of Hagerstown MD
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Offered is a lovely set of three early American coin silver teaspoons by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. These spoons measure about 5 3/4 inches in length and weigh about 36 grams altogether. They each have a period engraved block monogram and a clear maker's mark of H:B in a rectangle. They would most likely date to the first ten or fifteen years... Click for details

Fine Cincinnati Coin Silver Twist Handle Olive Spoon or Bar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160406-01   Sold

Fine Cincinnati Coin Silver Twist Handle Olive Spoon or Bar Spoon
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Offered is a nice American coin silver twist handled olive spoon or bar spoon (makes a great drink mixer these days!) by Clemens Hellebush, working in Cincinnati circa 1866-93. This piece most likely dates to the 1866-75 period. This piece bears a period engraved script monogram and a clear maker's mark. It measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. Condition is very good, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of Cincinnati coin silver!

Durgin "New Art" (Lily) Large Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2687f   $445.00

Durgin
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Arguably the floral line by which all other Art Nouveau flower designs are measured, Durgin's "New Art" embodies the exuberance, lushness, freedom of expression, and sense of abundance that characterizes this style mode that was popular from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

The scale of pieces in this pattern is large, as evidenced by the fact that this 8 3/4" long, very heavy at 4.7 T. oz., piece is identified as a preserve spoon, when it is actually the size of a typical berry... Click for details

J. Moulton, Newburyport, MA, Very Clean Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2686f   $45.00

J. Moulton, Newburyport, MA, Very Clean Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Last of a storied family of Massachusetts silversmiths that included several Josephs and Williams, the Moulton history traces to the 17th century. Born in 1814 and living until 1903, the Joseph Moulton who made this nearly 9" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon, brought the family name into a fourth century.

Sold to Towle and Jones in 1860, Moulton's business formed the bedrock of the firm that eventually became Towle Silversmiths.

That Joseph was a capable craftsman is... Click for details

Very Early Columbus or Wooster, OH Condiment Spoon by Lindel Sprague
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160405-02   $65.00

Very Early Columbus or Wooster, OH Condiment Spoon by Lindel Sprague
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Offered is a fine and very early Ohio coin silver master salt spoon or condiment spoon by Columbus and Wooster silversmith Lindel (or Lindol) Sprague. Mr. Sprague was born October 12, 1798 in Cooperstown, New York. According to information online, he appears to have been apprenticed to William Platt of Columbus, OH around 1810, and by 1815 was in business for himself. He was master to his brother Hezekiah from around 1817 to 1820 in Columbus, before relocating to Wooster around 1820. He... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle by George W. McDannold of Kentucky
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160405-01   Sold

Southern Coin Silver Sauce Ladle by George W. McDannold of Kentucky
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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce ladle by well-known Southern silversmith George W. McDannold of Kentucky, ca 1829-50. This piece bears a maker's mark of G.W.McDANNOLD in a rectangular, non-serrated punch for George W. McDannold, working in Mt. Sterling circa 1829 to ? and then Covington circa 1848-63. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 34 grams. Condition overall is good, with a dimple or two to the bowl and a slightly over-polished surface, but no... Click for details

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English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2685f   $125.00

English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
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Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient... Click for details

P.W. Ellis "Toboggan" and "Miss Canada" Sterling Souvenir Spoons
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2684f   $65.00

P.W. Ellis
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These two, 5 3/4" long, approximately .7 T. oz. each, spoons were made by Toronto's P.W. Ellis & Co., with each stamped "Sterling" on the handle and back of the bowl, and with the firm's "E inside a maple leaf" emblem in adjoining places.

They bear several similarities including the date "1891" set in the center of the handle, with each number surrounded by twig or branch framing. The bowls are identical as well, with acid etched to a pale gold, matte surfaces, leaving bright, irregular,... Click for details

Fine Decorated Birdback Philadelphia Teaspoon by Moore & Ferguson
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160401-01   On Hold

Fine Decorated Birdback Philadelphia Teaspoon by Moore & Ferguson
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Offered is a nice early American coin silver birdback teaspoon by the short lived partnership of Philadelphia silversmiths Charles Moore and John Ferguson, working as Moore & Ferguson between 1801 and 1804. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is very good, with some surface wear and a few small dimples to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram within an engraved reserve.... Click for details

Fine Early French Silver Fiddlethread Tablespoon Ca. 1819-38
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160331-02   Sold

Fine Early French Silver Fiddlethread Tablespoon Ca. 1819-38
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Offered is a good earlier French first standard (950 fine) silver table spoon hallmarked for Paris, 1819-1838 and bearing the maker's mark of Veuve Andrieu. Veuve means "widow" in French, and this mark was used from 1833 to 1835 by Marie-Louise Dutertre, widow of Jean-Baptiste Andrieu. Andrieu is listed in the 1821 almanac as successor to Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau, a master who began during the ancien regime. Andrieu died in 1833 and was in turn succeeded by his widow. This maker's mark is... Click for details

Rare Signed Coin Silver Chignon Hair Comb by Duhme & Co. Ca. 1850-70
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160331-01   Sold

Rare Signed Coin Silver Chignon Hair Comb by Duhme & Co. Ca. 1850-70
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Offered is a fine and rare American coin silver comb by Duhme and Company (see below), a major Cincinnati firm that competed nationally for decades. This comb is a very rare signed example - such pieces are almost always unsigned. This piece is expertly decorated, partly with ancient Greek motifs, and is marked with Duhme & Co.'s maker's mark. It dates to about 1850-70. This piece measures about 5 inches from the top of the arch to the end of the tines, and weighs about 34 grams. Condition... Click for details

octagonal coin silver child's mug of Southern interest, J.E. Spear
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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octagonal coin silver child's mug of Southern interest, J.E. Spear
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Resplendent with Savannah history, this handsome coin silver cup is engraved on six of the eight panels with the date and initials of each owner.

Height excluding handle 3 3/8 inches, weight 5.84 Troy ounces, 2 5/8 inches across base, a few minor dents but very good overall condition.

Though the mark overstrikes that of Wolcott (& Gelston?), work from Spear's Savannah period is scarce, and this mark was previously unrecorded. It is now included in Wm Erik Voss' excellent compendium... Click for details

Very Heavy Baldwin Gardiner "French Thread" Coin Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2679f   $85.00

Very Heavy Baldwin Gardiner
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This piece is marked "B.G" for Baldwin Gardiner, who was a retailer with working dates c. 1814-25 in Philadelphia, then was listed in New York City directories 1827-47, according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."

It is a lengthy 8 3/4" table or serving spoon, and is immensely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz.

Baldwin's "B.G" is frequently accompanied by a pseudo hallmark, which is the case with this, which is stamped with a "bust, lion, D," which McGrew in his work on... Click for details

Georg Jensen "Bernadotte" Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2678f   $75.00

Georg Jensen
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A 3 7/8" long, and weighing just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this tea caddy spoon has an almost round, 1 5/8" diameter, bowl.

The pattern is Georg Jensen's "Bernadotte," first issued in 1939. The mark on this, which includes "Sterling" and "Denmark," has been in use since 1945.

It is in superb condition and without a monogram or removal. Polishing wear is nil and the finish is brilliant, showing only faint surface scratches. The bowl is free of any dents, nicks, or burrs.

Durgin "Watteau" Solid Sterling Blade Ice Cream Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2677f   $195.00

Durgin
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A large item measuring 10 1/4" long and weighing a robust 4.3 T. oz., this ice cream knife or slice has a hollow handle and a 6 1/8" by 2 1/4", roughly rectangular, solid silver, flat blade.

The pattern is Durgin's 1891 "Watteau," referencing a French painter whose name became identified with a style deriving from the rococo.

Asymmetrically shaped, the handle is decorated with delicate acanthus leaf and floral detailing. The pattern appears on both the front and backsides, with minor... Click for details

Set of Six Coin Silver Tablespoons and One Dessert Spoon by Kinsey
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160327-01   $145.00

Set of Six Coin Silver Tablespoons and One Dessert Spoon by Kinsey
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Offered is a very fine and heavy set of American coin silver tablespoons by the prolific partnership of Edward and David Kinsey of Cincinnati, Ohio - together with a dessert spoon from the same service. This set of spoons dates to about 1844-61. There are six tablespoons and one dessert spoon, for seven spoons total. All are from the same family, and all are engraved "Wells" in period script. Each spoon is marked E.&D.KINSEY in a clear maker's mark. The tablespoons measure about 8 1/2... Click for details

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