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Tiffany "Antique Engraved" Sterling Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2251f   $155.00

Tiffany
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Tiffany produced various engraved designs overlaid on an "Antique" pattern ground. This iteration, aka "Custom Engraved," essentially stands alone as a distinct pattern.

It is deeply and intricately chased, and as Carpenter notes in his volume "Tiffany Silver," "exceedingly heavy." He also confirms that it is "deeply engraved" and dates it from the 1890s. That dating may explain some of the Aesthetic qualities of the design, namely the fern-like elements that form the margins around the... Click for details

Large Gorham "Cottage" Sterling Silver Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2246f   On Hold

Large Gorham
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At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for over thirty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver. This is also... Click for details

Good Rounded End Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Richards
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-05   $22.50

Good Rounded End Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Richards
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A fine late 18th or early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Samuel Richards, working circa 1793-1818. This spoon has a nicely executed period engraved script monogram and a well-struck maker's mark. This spoon is in good condition with a minor dimple or two, but no serious dents and no splits or repairs. There is some wear and scratching to the surface that can be seen above the maker's mark on the reverse of the spoon. All in all a good piece of... Click for details

Excellent Lancaster Coin Silver Spoon by Zahm & Jackson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141008-03   $22.50

Excellent Lancaster Coin Silver Spoon by Zahm & Jackson
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A fine American coin silver teaspoon by prolific Lancaster, Pennsylvania jewelers, watchmakers and silversmiths Michael Zahm and John W. Jackson, working in partnership as Zahm & Jackson from about 1845 on. This spoon is in excellent condition, with little surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon features a legible maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine piece of... Click for details

Scarce Channel Islands Silver Spoon Circa 1831-46
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141007-02   $45.00

Scarce Channel Islands Silver Spoon Circa 1831-46
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Offered is a fine 19th Century Channel Islands silver teaspoon made in Jersey by the partnership of Thomas De Gruchy and John Le Gallais. De Gruchy and Le Gallais worked in partnership from 1831 to 1846, when De Gruchy died. This spoon bears a typical four-letter Channel Islands engraved monogram, and the TDG over JLG maker's mark used by the partnership. This spoon measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs,... Click for details

Rare Southern Coin Silver Egg Spoon, Joseph Huggins
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141007-01   Sold

Rare Southern Coin Silver Egg Spoon, Joseph Huggins
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Offered is a fine and rare early American coin silver egg spoon by little-known silversmith and jeweler Joseph Huggins, who had an interesting and varied career. Huggins was first recorded in Philadelphia in 1837, where he could have apprenticed; by 1840 he relocated to Baltimore, where he was listed in directories between 1840 and 1842. He appears to have next relocated to Washington, D.C. - In an article entitled "OLD WASHINGTON (Drinks & Businesses)" By James Croggon, The Evening Star,... Click for details

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Very Rare Philadelphia Coffin-End Teaspoon, circa 1806
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-11   $45.00

Very Rare Philadelphia Coffin-End Teaspoon, circa 1806
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Offered is an extremely scarce example of a coffin-end spoon definitively from Philadelphia; in fact, this is the only such example I've ever observed. Coffin-end spoons from New York and New England are quite readily found, but the style never took hold in Philadelphia, and is virtually never seen. This spoon was made by John W. Gethen and retailed by Allen Armstrong, who was working circa 1806-16. This piece features good clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. Condition is... Click for details

Early Teaspoon by Daniel Dupuy, Jr. of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-10   Sold

Early Teaspoon by Daniel Dupuy, Jr. of Philadelphia
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Daniel Dupuy, Jr. (1753 - 1826). By style, this spoon probably dates to about 1805-10. It measures about 6 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good, with some light tip and surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. There is a good clear maker's mark and a nicely engraved period monogram. All in all a fine early Philadelphia coin silver spoon!

Rare Philadelphia Spoon by Browne & Seal Ca. 1810-13
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-08   Sold

Rare Philadelphia Spoon by Browne & Seal Ca. 1810-13
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Offered is a rare example of early American coin silver bearing the mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of silversmiths Liberty Browne and William Seal, working as Browne & Seal circa 1810-13. This spoon bears their banner maker's mark, although in this case my suspicion is that the spoon was actually made by Samuel Williamson and supplied to Browne & Seal to retail. This spoon has unusual proportions and an even more unusual drop; both features match known spoons by Williamson... Click for details

6 Hayes & Robbins NY "French Thread" Coin Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2239f   On Hold

6 Hayes & Robbins NY
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Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips.

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Pr. Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons, Marshall & Tempest
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20141005-04   $40.00

Pr. Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons, Marshall & Tempest
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Offered is a fine pair of American coin silver tea spoons by Philadelphia silversmiths Joseph Marshall and Robert Tempest, working in partnership from 1813-65. Despite the long tenure of this partnership, silver bearing its mark is not commonly seen. This pair of teaspoons probably dates to about 1825-40 by style, and each spoon is finely engraved with a period script monogram. Each spoon also has a clear, legible maker's mark, and both spoons are in good condition with light wear from normal... 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   On Hold

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

Lovely English Victorian Sterling Wine Taster or Dish
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-03   Sold

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!

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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140928-01   Sold

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!

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

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