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George Sharp c. 1870 Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle, Fancy Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3170f   $95.00


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While unnamed, this c. 1870 design by George Sharp is quite similar to Gorham's "Louis XIV" and Knowles' "Emperor," both of the same period. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the piece.

This example is a 6 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz. sauce ladle.

The handle is slender and elongated, and is joined to a 2" diameter, round shell bowl with a scalloped rim and a flat bottom. This is finished on both sides with a bright gold wash that extends to the lower of two... Click for details

Whiting "Lily of the Valley" Sterling Silver Pickle Fork and Knife Set
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3168f   $135.00


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A course during a Victorian era meal, pickles evolved their own complementary forks and knives, often bought bought as a boxed presentation set.

This matched pair in Whiting's "Lily of the Valley," introduced in 1885. It 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... Click for details

Very Rare Decorated Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Thomas Burger Ca.1805-06
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170627-01   $60.00


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Offered is a very rare example of late 18th Century New York style decoration on a relatively tiny early American coin silver salt spoon, bearing the maker's mark of silversmith Thomas Burger. Mr. Burger and his father John Burger (working circa 1775-1807) were briefly in partnership circa 1805 and then Thomas Burger advertised alone circa 1806. After that he seems to disappear from directories, and I haven't found much information on him, despite his fame and that of his father. Presumably... Click for details

Water pitcher by Karl Leinonen, Boston, 1st quarter 20th century
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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5338   $1,360.00


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Single scroll handle, applied ring base, reinforcing wire outside of rim. Height 8-3/4", maximum horizontal dimension 8", capacity three pints, weight 24-1/3 troy ounces. The monogram is an ornate script RSRP(?) on one side. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Gorham "Medallion" 1866 Coin Silver Pedestal Mustard Pot
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3164mg   $445.00


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Dating from 1866 as engraved on the sidewall below the name "C.E. Mathews.," this coin silver mustard pot was made by Gorham. That company's "standing lion, anchor, G" mark appears on the underside of the base, along with the model number "510."

It is a large, well-proportioned, and handsome item.

Standing 4 1/4" high, it rests on a pedestal base that is 2" in diameter. The maximum span to the end of the handle is approximately 3 1/4" and the weight is just above 4.5 T. oz.

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Gorham "Beaded" Coin Silver Ice Cream Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3163f   $115.00


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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more... Click for details

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Fine Set of Six Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoons by William Long c.1810
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170625-15   $135.00


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Offered is a superb set of six early American coin silver spoons by Philadelphia silversmith William Long, working from about 1807-22. Mr. Long left few items bearing his mark, which is an interesting shape and quite nice. These spoons are well made and each is decorated with an engraved period script monogram and a clear mark. They probably date to around 1810 by style but could date to any part of Mr. Long's relatively short career. These spoons measure about 5 15/16 inches in length on... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Thomas Whartenby - Initials Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170625-11   $24.00


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Offered is a nice circa 1815 American coin silver teaspoon bearing one of the maker's marks used by Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Whartenby, as well as an engraved period script monogram. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall with some surface wear and signs of normal use, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of this man's output!

Fine Scottish Silver Teaspoon, Glasgow, 1821 - Interesting Engraving
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170625-09   $24.00


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Offered is a very good Scottish sterling silver spoon hallmarked for Glasgow, 1821. The pattern is a fiddle thread and shell or King's shape variant, and is single-struck. The engraving includes a number below the monogram, something occasionally seen on flatware where the owner wanted a little extra security against light-fingered servants or guests. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest wear and a few tiny dings... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Bon Bon Tongs, Early
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3162f   On Hold


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An original production item, this pair of tongs measure 4" long and weigh approximately .8 oz. Made by Towle in the "Georgian" pattern, they are marked "925/1000," with the company "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898."

For serving bon bons, they have four-tine, stylized talon, cupped grips.

Each leg incorporates the column capped by a basket of flowers motif that constitutes this design, which shows to particular advantage in this form. The arch is plain and... Click for details

Charleston, South Carolina Silver Sugar Shell by William Carrington
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170624-05   $65.00


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Offered is a lovely large early American sterling silver sugar shell in the fiddlethread pattern, marked by William Carrington of Charleston, SC and dating to the 1870s, just after the coin silver era. This piece measures about 7 inches and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is good overall with minor signs of use but no dents or repairs. This piece features a very well executed period engraved script monogram and clear marks. All in all a fine piece of Southern silver!

Pair of Bowling Green, KY Coin Silver Teaspoons by Frank Maier
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170624-04   $60.00


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Offered is a scarce pair of late Kentucky coin silver spoons bearing the mark of jeweler Frank Maier of Bowling Green, KY. Maier, a German immigrant, came first to Louisville and lived there until about the age of 25, whereupon he moved to Bowling Green and established his own jewelry store around 1881. These two teaspoons each measure about 5 3/4 inches in length, and the pair weighs a total of about 32 grams. Each spoon bears a nicely executed period engraved script monogram of "BVY" or... Click for details

Boonville, Missouri Coin Silver Tablespoon, George W. Cook w/City Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

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20170624-02   $55.00


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Offered is a lovely and rare early American coin silver table spoon circa 1843 - 1860s by silversmith and jeweler George W. Cook, working in Boonville throughout that period. This piece is engraved with a period script monogram and has a fantastic maker's mark that incorporates a city mark - it reads COOK.BOONVILLE and is clear and legible. This tablespoon measures about 9 inches in length and weighs about 54 grams. Condition is good overall, with some tip and surface wear and a few small... Click for details

Durgin IRIS orange knives, three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2254   $285.00


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length 6 5/8 inches, plated steel blades, very minor pinpricks at ends which we've exaggerated in enlargement number four but fine overall condition, monogrammed "C."

As collectors will know, if any of them remain above ground, knives in this elegant old Durgin pattern are scarce.

George Smith III, London 1780, Crested Sterling Silver Marrow Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3160f   $275.00


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Marked with a lion for sterling, a leopard for London, a date letter "e" for 1780-81, and a script "GS" for George Smith III, this marrow spoon aka scoop measures 8 5/8" long and weighs 1.3 T. oz.

It is a very fine period example of this particularly English form, produced by a well-recognized maker.

The larger of the two elongated ends shows a thumb drop on the back and is inscribed with a crest of a long-necked bird with a snake in its beak.

It is in outstanding condition. It is... Click for details

Blackinton HIBISCUS berry spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2253   $450.00


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length 9 1/2 inches, weight 7.40 Troy ounces (!), excellent original condition, gilt bowl, monogrammed "M" (script, reverse).

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a lighter and slightly beaten up version of this same piece may be "bought now" on the big bad auction site for a mere 591 moneys (see item 322373972047).

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