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

Old Friends  
2980f   $65.00


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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


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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!

Coin Silver Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by D.OLIVER Possibly of Phila
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-10   $22.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver long-handled salt spoon or condiment spoon, circa 1810-30, marked D.OLIVER in a rectangular punch. This mark is attributed by Ensko to a Daniel Oliver of Philadelphia, circa 1805, but Hollan was unable to uncover any objective evidence supporting this attribution for her book "Philadelphia Silversmiths". Nonetheless, the mark on this spoon was included in the book for discussion purposes. I have not been able to locate any additional information on this... Click for details

12 Chinese tea knives by Wongshing, 2nd qtr. 19th C.
Silver : China Trade

Gebelein  
5303   $1,080.00


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Handles are elaborately carved mother-of-pearl. Length 8". No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent. (see #5294 for 12 matching forks).

Good 18th Century Style Coin Silver Spoon by Henry McKeen of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-09   $25.00


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Offered is an interesting American coin silver teaspoon by Henry McKeen of Philadelphia, working as a watchmaker and silversmith in that town between about 1823 and 1861. This piece is in a late 18th or very early 19th Century style, and is not typical of McKeen's usual fiddle pattern spoons. It may have been made to match an earlier English or American set of spoons. In any event, it is the Old English style, and has a period script monogram consistent with spoons of that generation. The... Click for details

Philadelphia Dessert Spoon by George K. Childs with Rare "G.K.C." Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-07   $25.00


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Offered is a Philadelphia coin silver dessert spoon by well-known silversmith George K. Childs, whose work is often seen, but almost exclusively with his G.K.CHILDS mark. Two other marks, G.CHILDS and the G.K.C. mark on this piece, are much, much rarer. I've observed only one example each of those two marks in the past fifteen years, and the mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. The maker's mark is clear and well-struck. This piece measures... Click for details

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Mystery Mark Challenge - Solve the Mystery and Win a Coin Silver Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
NFS   Not for Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable and supportable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition (worth about $15-20) as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there.

This piece measures about 8 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 64 grams. It is marked "R.L" in an squarish... Click for details

Arts & Crafts "L" Maker Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2976f   $65.00


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A 5" long, heavy at just over 1.5 T. oz., item, this spoon is marked "Sterling," "L," and with the model number "60."

The 2 1/8" by 1 5/8", pear shaped bowl is a size typical of a tea caddy spoon, while the 3" long, solid silver, tubular handle is somewhat lengthy for that.

It is fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, with a cast, perhaps lotus bud form, finial at the end of the handle, and a block letter "J.J.D" monogram engraved on the heel reverse of the bowl.

It is in very good... Click for details

Good Set of 4 Late 18th Century Coin Silver Spoons by Joseph Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-01   $95.00


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Offered is a lovely set of four early American coin silver teaspoons by the well-respected Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Lownes. By style, this set probably dates to the 1790-1800 period, but could be a few years earlier or later. Each spoon has a period engraved script monogram and a legible maker's mark. These spoons measure between about 5 3/4 inches and 6 inches in length, and the set weighs about 84 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, with each spoon having moderate surface... Click for details

Good Crested Georgian Silver Stuffing Spoon in Old English Thread Patt
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170120-03   $125.00


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Offered is a lovely and well-made George III English sterling silver stuffing or platter spoon fully hallmarked for London, 1802 and bearing the maker's mark of William Eley and William Fearn. This piece is in the Old English Threaded pattern and is crested with a good armorial of a griffin supporting a shield. This server measures approximately 12 inches in length and weighs about 118 grams. Condition is very good overall, with moderate surface wear and scratching from normal use over two... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1820, Marked PEABODY.
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170120-01   $120.00


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Offered is an unusual early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1820 bearing a crude mark of "PEABODY." in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark is slightly rubbed but still legible. This mark is attributed by William Voss (see the American Silversmiths website by googling "silversmiths" and "genealogy") to Nathaniel Prentice Peabody (1806-1883), working in Bennettsville, Marlboro, SC circa 1830-70. However, I think it possible due to the style of this piece that this is the work and mark of... Click for details

Great Pair of Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoons by George Gordon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170119-04   $39.50


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Offered is a lovely pair of American coin silver tea spoons by Philadelphia silversmith George Gordon, working in that town in the second quarter of the 19th Century. These pieces are engraved with excellent period script monograms, and have well-struck, very clear maker's marks. This pair measures about 6 1/4 inches in length on average, and weighs about 36 grams altogether. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a specimen example of this... Click for details

Crested Georgian English Sterling Silver Fish Slice, Circa 1802
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170119-03   $110.00


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Offered is a nice George III English sterling silver fish server fully hallmarked for London, 1802 and made by a maker using the mark SI or IS. This piece has a nice period engraved armorial of a rooster and clear, well-struck marks. It measures just a little under 12 inches in length and weighs about 128 grams. Condition is fair, as it has some surface wear from a lot of polishing (though not a machine buffing, at least in the recent past), probably from someone using a little to much elbow... Click for details

Gorham Martelé shaped rectangular bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2235   Sold


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Let's take a moment to reflect upon why a dealer, or at least Yours Truly, chooses to add an item to inventory.

Over the years, we've handled many many pieces of Martelé, and if you dear reader will forgive me for a bit of crudeness, most of them are "trashed." Specifically, the detail is severely worn away, leaving the beauty of the overall design still appreciable but no longer intact.

Why? Because Gorham made a bit of a bargain with the devil, and used .950 or .9584 silver to... Click for details

English Sterling Silver 1895 Horse Racing Trophy with Provenance
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2973f   $365.00


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Hallmarked for the London firm of C.S. Harris & Sons Ltd, 1893-94, described in "Jackson's Hallmarks" as a "maker of . . . usually very fine copies of earlier pieces," this solid sterling silver trophy is indeed Georgian in inspiration, with scrolled arms and a banded body.

Standing on a footed base that is 3" in diameter, it measures 4 3/4" high to the rim and 5 1/8" to the top of the handles, is 4" across rim to rim, has a maximum span of 7 1/4" handle to handle, and weighs a heavy 14.8 T.... Click for details

Norman of London Georgian Style Sterling Silver Muffineer
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2972f   $215.00


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A lofty item, this sugar caster, aka muffineer, stands 8" tall on a footed base that is 2 1/2" in diameter. Its substantial 6.8 T. oz. weight is commensurate with its size.

English "Georgian" in style, it has a bulbous body with a tall, fitted sleeve, tiered lid surmounted by an urn shaped finial.

The lid has a series of swirled, patterned piercings offset by fine engraved bands.

The underside is stamped "Norman of London" over "New York," "Sterling," and with the number "10N." ... Click for details

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