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Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark - George Keesee of VA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150509-03   $45.00

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark - George Keesee of VA
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Offered is a very good and rare example of the maker's mark or retailer's mark of George Keesee of Richmond, Virginia, working circa 1831-47. Silver bearing Keesee's mark is rarely encountered, perhaps because he died at age 36 in 1847. This piece has a good clear mark for Keesee and manufacturer's marks for Philo Gilbert. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is decent overall, with some surface wear to the engraved period script owner's... Click for details

Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150509-02   $22.50

Good Fluted Coin Silver Sauce Ladle marked by John Rich
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Offered is a good American coin silver cream or other serving ladle, made circa 1857-64 by Hotchkiss & Schreuder of Syracuse, NY (apparently this version of their marks was in use in that period, though the firm continued to 1871 as a partnership). This piece also bears a retailer's mark of JOHN RICH. Mr. Rich was an English immigrant and apprentice jeweler who opened the first jewelry store in Painesville, Ohio, in 1858. It appears his firm is still in the family and operating. This ladle... Click for details

Rare Durgin "Empire" Sterling Silver Flat Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2447f   $165.00

Rare Durgin
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A late 19th century pattern, Durgin's "Empire" incorporates imagery reflective of the notions of majesty, nobililty, and the pattern namesake, imperial realms. This includes a dominant crown. cornucopia, a torch and flame, a wreath and festoons of ribbons and flowers.

This example is an unusual form server that measures 9 1/2" long and weighs a relatively heavy 2.9 T. oz.

It has a flat blade, with a rounded edge. The upper edge is scalloped and decorated with pattern elements. There... Click for details

sterling cast "wild boar" bottle ticket
Silver

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2214   $65.00

sterling cast
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heavy (.71 oz. Troy) and in excellent condition, 1 5/8 by 1 3/4 inches, no monogram, marked only "sterling."

Not antique, but truly a quality item. If Yours Truly were to have a coat of arms, it would probably resemble this one...

Gorham parcel gilt basket weave napkin ring
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2212   Sold

Gorham parcel gilt basket weave napkin ring
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with riotous chrysanthemum decoration, height 1 1/2; diameter 1 3/4 inches, weight 1.34 Troy ounces, model number 1351, date letter "n" (1881), superb condition, monogrammed "Hattie."

Pelletreau, Bennett & Cook not quite early American basting spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2211   $625.00

Pelletreau, Bennett & Cook not quite early American basting spoon
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New York circa 1825, length 12 1/2 inches, weight 4.52 Troy ounces, monogrammed "M" in period script with flourishes. There is a slight abrasion above the initial, and some very minor scratches in bowl as shown in enlargements three and four but the overall condition is outstanding.

Maltby Pelletreau was the second generation of this illustrious silversmithing family. His partnership with Bennett and Cook lasted only three years, so the date range for this item is pleasantly narrow. ... Click for details

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Good Pair of Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by Frederick J. Posey
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-03   $60.00

Good Pair of Southern Coin Silver Teaspoons by Frederick J. Posey
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Offered is a good pair of American coin silver (many would consider this Southern coin silver) teaspoons bearing the retailer's mark of F. J. Posey. Frederick J. Posey (1815-1881) was active as a silversmith, jeweler, watch and clockmaker in Hagerstown, Maryland from at least 1842 until after 1860. He also reportedly worked as a watch and clockmaker in Shepherdstown, Virginia in 1842. This pair of teaspoons, made by James Watts in Philadelphia and retailed by Posey, are lightly engraved with a... Click for details

Rare Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Spoon by Johnston & Boullt Ca. 1846-51
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-02   $60.00

Rare Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Spoon by Johnston & Boullt Ca. 1846-51
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Offered is a fine and scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Johnston & Boullt, a partnership between William Johnston and Thomas A. Boullt in Hagerstown, Maryland lasting from 1846 to 1851. William Johnston was a watch and clock maker and dentist working in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia before his time in Hagerstown; Thomas Boullt enjoyed a long and successful career in Hagerstown. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It bears a good... Click for details

Heavy Wendt "Diana" Sterling Silver Dinner Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2440f   $52.00

Heavy Wendt
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A full size dinner fork at 7 1/2" long, this is exceptionally heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz.

It is marked "Sterling," "Patent," and "Starr & Marcus" for the New York City retailer.

Made by John Wendt, it does not carry an official pattern name, but has come to be known as "Diana," in reference to Diana Cramer, silver scholar, former editor of "Silver Magazine," and Wendt authority.

An 1860s design, it is quite similar to John Polhamus' "Armor" of the same period. Both of them bespeak... Click for details

Gorham Chicago Herald Figural Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Souvenir Spoons

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2438f   $185.00

Gorham Chicago Herald Figural Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
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A cast item that measures 5" long and weighs .7 T. oz., this piece was made by Gorham and is stamped with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling" on the backside.

Highly detailed, the imagery is iconic. The bowl portrays the Chicago Herald building constructed in 1891, which date appears on the lower portion of the handle. There is a pennant that reads "Herald" flying from the flagpole atop the building.

Close inspection reveals a figure standing on a pediment placed on a... Click for details

Old Newbury Crafters hand wrought sterling tumbler
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2209   Sold

Old Newbury Crafters hand wrought sterling tumbler
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height 1 7/8; top diameter 2 inches, no monogram, weight 2.6 Troy ounces, excellent condition, marked as shown. Just the right size to hold a healthy belt of scotch...

This piece bears the craftsman's mark of both Robert Bean and Fletcher Carter. Also, let's give a shout out to the good folks at ONC, still going strong in Amesbury after one hundred years, who were kind enough to identify this cup as the "Roly Poly cordial."

Rare Set of Three Easton, PA Coin Silver Spoons, Michael Bush Ca. 1831
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150419-01   $50.00

Rare Set of Three Easton, PA Coin Silver Spoons, Michael Bush Ca. 1831
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Offered is a fine and rare group of three American coin silver teaspoons by little-known silversmith, jeweler and clock and watch maker Michael Bush, working in Easton, Pennsylvania circa 1831. His available biographical information appears below. These spoons average about 6 1/8 inches in length and the three together weigh about 46 grams. There is no monogram or sign of erasure on any of the spoons. Condition is fair, with modest tip wear and dents and dings to the bowls. The maker's mark... Click for details

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2434f   $185.00

Circa 1870 Boston Large, Early Style Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
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Measuring a substantial 10" long and weighing a robust 3.6 T. oz., this large item is generally thought to be an early form ice cream server, although it is sometimes identified as a vegetable or pudding spoon.

It has a large, oval shaped serving end that measures 4 1/4" long and 2 1/2" at the widest. This has a slightly concave, but essentially flat, surface and an upraised, scalloped edge around about two-thirds of the margin. The surface has a pale gold wash and is engraved in a period... Click for details

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2422f   This item is currently being auctioned

S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Melon Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2408f   $55.00

Durgin
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the... Click for details

Fine and heavy Gorham water pitcher model 7577
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2206   Sold

Fine and heavy Gorham water pitcher model 7577
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height 11; bottom diameter five, length across handle to spout 9 inches, weight 47.5 Troy ounces, retailed by Theodore Starr (maker's mark effaced) and monogrammed as shown. We always hesitate to say that an item is in "perfect" condition, but I am hard pressed to find fault with this one.

Inverted pyriform, with 8 highly decorated alternating broad and narrow panels, the smaller sides with delicate rocker chasing to simulate a sand-cast appearance and provide contrast, the unbraided... Click for details

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