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Rare Pair of Early Kentucky Coin Silver Teaspoons by Asa Blanchard
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-07   $325.00


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Offered is a lovely pair of transitional shoulder-less Southern coin silver tea spoons by noted Virginia and Kentucky silversmith Asa Blanchard, circa 1807-15 by style and given their Kentucky origin. The maker's mark on these spoons (mark "d" in Hollan's "Virginia Silversmiths", corresponding to mark "29C" in Boultinghouse's "Silversmiths of Kentucky") has only been found on pieces with Kentucky provenances. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark, and each is engraved with a period script "H"... Click for details

Rare Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Jean Felix LeFevre Ca. 1805
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-04   $29.50


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Offered is a very rare example of the work and maker's mark of Jean-Felix LeFevre (1780 - 1813), silversmith of Philadelphia. This piece is in fair condition at best, with a lot of surface wear and a dinged and dented bowl, but has a decent legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. LeFevre's work is usually quite good, though this spoon is a bit lighter than most of his spoons. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a good... Click for details

Set of Four Kentucky Coin Silver Spns, Warren B. Ewing of Shelbyville
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170311-01   $145.00


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Offered is a rare set of four Southern coin silver spoons by Shelbyville silversmith Warren B. Ewing, working from about 1845 to his death in 1876. Each of these spoons is marked WBE incuse, which is a much scarcer mark used by Ewing than is his full name mark. Each spoon has the typical style and proportions of Ewing's work, and each has a legible maker's mark. There is no sign of a monogram or erasure. By style, these spoons probably date to before the Civil War. These spoons measure... Click for details

6 Fiddle Thread coin silver dessert spoons, Horace Hotchkiss,
Silver : Coin Silver

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2240   On Hold


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Waterbury CT circa 1840, length 7 1/4 inches, total Troy weight 6.67 ounces, fine condition, monogrammed "H.A. Shiels" obverse in period script.

Though this mark would appear to be previously unpublished, we are attributing it to Horace, since the only other possible firm might have belonged to Hiram Hotchkiss, who would have been ten or twenty years old when Fiddle Thread was in the height of its popularity.

Lovely Pair of Georgian English Sterling Cast-Arm Sugar Tongs Ca. 1775
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170306-03   $47.50


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Offered is an excellent 18th Century English silver pair of cast sugar tongs bearing the maker's mark B*M for Benjamin Mordecai/Benjamin Montigue, working in London circa 1770 and later. This pair of tongs should date to about 1775 based on style. This piece is in excellent condition with no evidence of splits or repairs and with a good surface and marks. It measures about 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. There is no armorial or monogram in the engraved reserve at the bow,... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Hutchinson Ca. 1828-39
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170306-01   $22.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver tea spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Hutchinson, working in that city circa 1828-39. This teaspoon bears a clear, well-struck maker's mark for Hutchinson, and in this case he was probably the retailer rather than the maker as the spoon also has a floret mark used by John Curry and was probably made by Curry. Like many pieces made by Curry, this has good weight and balance. It measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. This... Click for details

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Excellent Heavy Coin Silver Fiddlethread Pattern Dessert Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170305-02   Sold


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Offered is an excellent American coin silver dessert spoon in the fiddlethread or fiddle and thread pattern, bearing the maker's mark of Lows, Ball & Co., circa 1840. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs a heavy 46 grams or so. It is engraved with a period script monogram to the reverse. Condition is excellent, with modest wear from normal use but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a good piece in a desirable pattern and a useful and scarce size!

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Edward Lownes circa 1818-34
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170304-12   $27.50


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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward Lownes (1792-1834), who was prolific and accomplished in his short life. This fiddle pattern teaspoon is large for its type at about 6 1/4 inches in length and about 24 grams in weight. It bears a well-executed period engraved script monogram and a very clear maker's mark. It also has a floret pseudo-hallmark used by John Curry, who could have been the manufacturer of this piece. This piece is in... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3026f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1885, Whiting's "Lily of the Valley" immediately established itself as an outstanding pattern, and has remained sought after ever since.

Sculptural in nature, it features a raised stalk of blossoms enveloped by leaves, which form the margins of the handle. The ground behind the blossoms is lined, again representative of the leaves, and this also serves as an enhancing design element.

In sum, it reflects influences from the innovative design sensibilities of the Aesthetic... Click for details

Georgian Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle, GS/WF, London, 1793
Silver : Sterling

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3018f   $70.00


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A 7" long, approximately 1.7 T. oz., item, this ladle is fully hallmarked for sterling, London, 1793-94, and makers George Smith and William Fearn.

Appropriate to the period, it is "Old English," style, with a downturned, reverse tipt, handle and a thumb drop on the bowl. The front has a feathered script "R" monogram.

The bowl is unusual in that it is a perfectly shaped hemisphere, 2 1/16" in diameter and 3/4" deep.

It is in very good condition, absent any bends, breaks, or cracks,... Click for details

English Sterling Silver Tea Caddy Spoon, Crested, 1908, "MF" Maker
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3015f   $95.00


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While hallmarked for Chester, England, with a date letter for 1908-09, this sterling silver tea caddy spoon has dual Scottish associations.

First is the maker's identifier, which is "MF" in a rectangle. This is for M(ontague) Friedlander & Co., who also registered in the Glasgow, Scotland assay office.

Secondly, it is inscribed on the reverse with a crest and a Gaelic motto "carid nam fecham" ("a friend in time of trial") both of which are associated with the Smythe family of Balharry,... Click for details

Whiting "King Edward" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3013f   $48.00


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Introduced by Whiting just after the turn of the 20th century, "King Edward" has remained a sought after pattern in the century plus since.

This 6" long, heavy at 1.2 T. oz., sugar spoon is an early example, marked with the Whiting lion logo, "Sterling," "Pat. Ap.23" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co."

It is in immaculate estate condition, retaining every bit of its original sharp detail on the shells and acanthus elements of the design. The finish is bright and the... Click for details

Pair Wood & Hughes "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
3012f   $85.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this matching pair of spoons are early production items from the New York City firm of Wood & Hughes.

A simple but well-executed "Tipt" pattern, they show the modest beginnings of a manufacturer which later produced some of the most elaborate designs of its time.

Each of these measures 8 3/4" long and has a feathered script "MAP" monogram set sideways on the handle. The pair weigh 2.8 T. oz.

They are in very good condition. Free of polishing wear,... Click for details

N. Harding "Threaded" Pure Coin Silver Pudding Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
3009f   $105.00


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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "Mazarin" Sterling Silver Pierced Bon Bon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
3003f   $42.00


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A late 19th century pattern, "Mazarin" has a gadroon border handle with a broad end surmounted with a scrolled disk.

This example is a 5 13/16" long, approximately 1.0 T. oz., bon bon or nut (almond) scoop.

It has a 2 3/8" wide by 2" deep serving area. This has cupped and scalloped shoulders, a curved front edge, a reticulated surface, and retains slight traces of an original gold wash.

There is a script "CGD" monogram on the handle.

The condition is outstanding. Pattern detail... Click for details

Ram's head coin silver sauce ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2238   $225.00


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length 7 5/8 inches, weight 1.84 Troy ounces, monogrammed as shown in second enlargement, gilt bowl, outstanding original condition. Concerning the engraving, both the quality of design and the execution are far above average.

Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.

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