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Vanderslice, San Francisco, "Comstock" Coin Silver Fish Slice, Mint
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2991f   $265.00

Vanderslice, San Francisco,
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A large item measuring a full 12" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the early years of silver manufacturing on the US West Coast.

Made by San Francisco's Vanderslice & Co., and so marked, along with "Pat. Sep. 1874," the pattern name is "Comstock," which references the monumental ore find in Nevada that fueled a surge in silver manufacturing in the United States.

The design is Renaissance Revival in orientation and reflects as well the Victorian... Click for details

Dominick & Haff Hammered Aesthetic Sterling Master Salt, 1884
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2990f   $55.00

Dominick & Haff Hammered Aesthetic Sterling Master Salt, 1884
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Standing 1 9/16" tall, having a maximum diameter of 2 5/16", and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this master salt derives its design from the Aesthtetic mode.

It is cauldron shaped, with a flat bottom, two handles, and a scalloped rim. The body has a hammered surface and beaded detailing on the handles.

The underside is marked "Sterling," with the model number "304," and the Dominick & Haff three-part emblem that includes "925" and the date "1884."

It is in excellent condition, free of dents,... Click for details

Stone Studios (George Erickson) "Squirrel" A&C Sterling Baby Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2989f   $95.00

Stone Studios (George Erickson)
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Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this spoon is one of several baby items Arthur Stone produced in animal forms.

This particular piece features a "squirrel" that is hand chased on the open work of the handle.

Practice was that associates in Stone's studio would make the basic piece, while Stone himself would do the chasing.

In addition to the Stone "hammer" emblem, and the word "Sterling," this is imprinted with an "E" for George Erickson, working 1915-32. ... Click for details

Old Gorham "Strasbourg" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2988f   $42.00

Old Gorham
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Marked with a lion, anchor, G, "Sterling," and "Pat. 97," this pair of sugar tongs are an early example of Gorham's "Strasbourg."

They are a large version, measuring 4 3/4" long and weighing just over 1.1 T. oz.

They are also in mint condition, have elaborate grips, and are without a monogram or removal. The design detail is free of any signs of wear, the arch remains well-shaped, and the finish has a natural, brilliant finish.

Original "Les Sixes Fleurs" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Pickle Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2985f   $65.00

Original
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One of two floral patterns produced by Reed & Barton that became standard bearers for the company as well as early 20th century, Art Nouveau silver design in general, "Les Six Fleurs" is exuberantly expressive. Indeed, it virtually defines the concept of "liquid silver."

This example is a 6" long, heavy for its size at .8 T. oz., pickle fork.

It is a fully authentic, old example dating from at or near the pattern issue date of 1901, given the "Pat. Appld. For" inscribed on the backside... Click for details

Kirk "Repousse" Sterling Silver Gravy or Sauce Boat, Circa 1905
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2984f   $285.00

Kirk
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A popular and enduring pattern, Kirk's "Repousse" was produced in an array of holloware matching its flatware line.

This piece is a 7" long, 3 1/2" at the widest, 4" to the highest point at the top of the handle, 8.1 T. oz., gravy or sauce boat.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Co," "925/1000," and "7" on the underside. Rainwater indicates this particular mark was used on holloware 1903-07.

Judging from examples of "Repousse" gravy boats showing on the internet, Kirk produced numerous... Click for details

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Crichton, London 1912, Pistol Grip Sterling Silver Knife, One of Three
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2983f   $46.00

Crichton, London 1912, Pistol Grip Sterling Silver Knife, One of Three
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Stamped on both the filled handle and solid silver blade "LAC" for premier 20th century, English silversmith Lionel Alfred Crichton, and with a leopard head for London, a lion for sterling, and an "r" for 1912, this knife measures 7 7/8" long. It weighs 1.6 T. oz., which total includes the fill that is in the handle.

The handle is a pistol grip style with a band that wraps around the upper edge, terminating in a double leaf design. The blade has a blunt end and broadens toward the tip. ... Click for details

R&W Wilson "French Thread" Large Coin Dinner Forks, One of Four
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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2982f   $54.00

R&W Wilson
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Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size.

It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on the front and back sides of the handle.

There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. ... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Victoria No. 80" Engraved Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2981f   $45.00

Wood & Hughes
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Dating from 1885, Wood & Hughes "Victoria" pattern is essentially a broad "Antique" with a stylized end that seems to take inspiration from the Aesthetic mode popular in the period.

Produced in a plain version, it also had a number of engraved variants, of which this, number "80," is one.

The engraving is particularly engaging, and features three flower blossoms, sunflower or similar, with leafy detail, all set against a satin matte ground.

This example is a full size dinner fork, 7... Click for details

Pair of Scarce Coin Silver Tablespoons by Theodore LeHuray
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-03   $87.50

Pair of Scarce Coin Silver Tablespoons by Theodore LeHuray
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Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver table spoons by Philadelphia merchant and jeweler Theodore LeHuray, circa 1846-51. These tablespoons are rare survivors in that Theodore only went into the jewelry and silversmithing business for a few years, after his father (Nicholas LeHuray, Jr.) died in 1846. His attempt to carry on the family firm under his own name appears to have been unsuccessful, and he soon turned to other pursuits. The maker's mark of T LE HURAY in conjoined boxes is... Click for details

Pair of John McMullin Coin Silver Teaspoons w/Rare "J.M'MULLIN" Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-02   $65.00

Pair of John McMullin Coin Silver Teaspoons w/Rare
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Offered is an excellent and scarce pair of American coin silver tea spoons by noted Philadelphia silversmith John McMullin, each bearing one of his rarest maker's marks - J.M'MULLIN in a rectangular punch. Mr. McMullin was successful and prolific, and had numerous maker's marks over his long career, but only one used a "J" for his first initial, rather than an "I". In about fifteen years of collecting Philadelphia silver specifically, these are the only examples of this maker's mark I was able... Click for details

F. Tinkham, NYC, "Fiddle" Coin Silver Tongs with Shell Grips
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2980f   $65.00

F. Tinkham, NYC,
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This pair of tongs are generously sized at 6 1/4" long and 1.2 T. oz. weight.

Each arm is stamped "F. [for Foster] Tinkham," born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, and documented working in New York City in 1840 as a jeweler and watchmaker.

The "Fiddle" shape of the arms on these correlates with that date.

The grips are shell form, and the arch is engraved in a very elegant feathered script, "SAE."

They are in remarkably fine condition, and especially so for an item the better part of... Click for details

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170122-01   $30.00

Fine Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Spoon by Lewis Quandale of Philadelphia
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Offered is an excellent and very well preserved American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Lewis Quandale, circa the second quarter of the 19th Century. This piece is in really nice condition overall, with only modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs; it has a mint condition maker's mark. This piece has a lovely period engraved script initial "V". It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. All in all an excellent example of this man's wares!

Durgin Daniel Low "Strawberry" Sterling Silver Strawbery Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2979f   On Hold

Durgin Daniel Low
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A unique form for a strawberry fork, this item measures 3 1/2" overall and weighs .3 T. oz.

Rarely found, these pieces were made by Durgin and retailed by "Daniel Low & Co." (which company also marketed Durgin's famed "Salem Witch" items) as stamped on the reverse.

It has three tines that are 1 1/2" long each and joined at a shoulder that is 3/4" wide.

In sum, the overall shape looks something akin to a short handled pitch fork.

The pattern, which covers the handle and the heel of... Click for details

Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-11   $35.00

Fine Philadelphia Fiddle Shell Coin Silver Teaspoon, Thibault & Bros.
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Offered is an excellent and desirable American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and shell pattern by noted Philadelphia jewelers and silversmiths Thibault & Brothers, working in that town circa 1810-37. By style, this spoon probably dates to 1820 or later. This piece has a good engraved period script monogram and a well-struck, clear maker's mark. The die-struck shell decoration is relatively unworn. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2977f   $55.00

Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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A 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., item, this spoon is stamped "dot F.&H dot" for one of Boston's premier silver manufacturing firms of the mid 19th century.

It is also imprinted "Pure Coin," which was a silver standard term used in New England in the period.

It has a downturned, "Reverse Tipt" handle that is elegantly engraved on the front in a design that is similar enough to Knowles' of nearby Providence, Rhode Island, die struck "Coronet" as perhaps to share a commonality of... Click for details

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