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

Gebelein  
5303   $1,080.00

12 Chinese tea knives by Wongshing, 2nd qtr. 19th C.
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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

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

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Alexander C. Morin, Ca. 1820
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-08   Sold

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Alexander C. Morin, Ca. 1820
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Offered is a good American coin silver tea spoon by Alexander C. Morin, a Philadelphia silversmith who was born on French territory and was a refugee from Santo Domingo after uprisings there. He was in business in Philadelphia by 1813 and worked for many years, though silver bearing his maker's mark is surprisingly scarce. This mark is perhaps his earliest and is rather crude compared to his other main maker's mark. This piece has earlier and more florid engraving with regard to the monogram... 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

Philadelphia Dessert Spoon by George K. Childs with Rare
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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

Harlequin Set of 8 Georgian English Sterling Silver Fluted Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-06   Sold

Harlequin Set of 8 Georgian English Sterling Silver Fluted Spoons
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Offered is a lovely harlequin set of eight matched Georgian English sterling silver fluted spoons (perhaps grapefruit spoons or perhaps merely decorated teaspoons) by various makers, and all hallmarked for London, in the Georgian period. Although these spoons are all engraved in a 1780s or 1790s style, this decoration was most likely done in the Victorian or Edwardian eras to create a set of fluted spoons that would match someone's existing set of plain spoons. Each spoon is also decorated... Click for details

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

Mystery Mark Challenge - Solve the Mystery and Win a Coin Silver Spoon
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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

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

Old Friends  
2976f   $65.00

Arts & Crafts
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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

Rare Sheaf of Wheat Horseradish or Mustard Spoon by R. & W. Wilson
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-05   Sold

Rare Sheaf of Wheat Horseradish or Mustard Spoon by R. & W. Wilson
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Offered is a very scarce example of Robert and William Wilson's version of the sheaf of wheat pattern; this is an especially uncommon example in that it is a long-handled condiment spoon, possibly for horseradish or mustard. This piece has a good period engraved script monogram of MAMcC and a clear maker's mark. The die-struck sheaf of wheat decoration is still relatively crisp and the piece overall shows only modest wear from normal use. Condition is very good, with no dents, splits or... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon by Benjamin Robinson Ca. 1818-44
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-04   Sold

Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon by Benjamin Robinson Ca. 1818-44
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Offered is a nice American coin silver table spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Benjamin Robinson, working in that town circa 1818-44. By style, this piece most likely dates to 1825 or after, but could be a little earlier. This piece measures about 8 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is pretty poor, with quite a bit of bowl wear and moderate overall surface wear. Nonetheless worth saving from the scrappers, in my view. All in all a nice example of Robinson's mark with... Click for details

Scarce Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon Ca. 1840-60 by Seelig Mindil
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-03   Sold

Scarce Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon Ca. 1840-60 by Seelig Mindil
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Offered is a very good and scarce Philadelphia coin silver spoon bearing the mark of Seelig Mindil, who was likely a merchant and retailer rather than a trained silversmith. The mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Hollan. It is the only example of Mindil's mark I have come across. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a period engraved script monogram and a clear, well-struck maker's mark. Condition is good... Click for details

Superb Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Ca. 1810-15 by John Owen
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170121-02   $65.00

Superb Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Ca. 1810-15 by John Owen
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Offered is a superb early American coin silver table spoon by Philadelphia silversmith John Owen, who was working in that town circa 1800-31. This piece should date to about 1810-15 by the style of the shoulders and overall style. This tablespoon has an especially well-executed period engraved script monogram, with fluted lettering. It also features an extremely clear, well-struck maker's mark. Please review all the pictures by clicking on the picture above. This piece measures about 9... 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

Good Set of 4 Late 18th Century Coin Silver Spoons by Joseph Lownes
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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

Good Crested Georgian Silver Stuffing Spoon in Old English Thread Patt
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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

Fine Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Wherritt of Richmond
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170120-02   $65.00

Fine Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Wherritt of Richmond
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1825 by noted Richmond, Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biography appears below. This teaspoon is graced with a period engraved monogram and a slightly rubbed but legible maker's mark. Condition is good overall, with a small ding to the bowl and a short scratch to the back of the bowl (see pics) that is not a split or fissure, but just a scratch. There are no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 1/4 inches in... 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

Rare Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon Circa 1820, Marked PEABODY.
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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

J.S. MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved "Lily" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2975f   On Hold

J.S. MacDonald, Baltimore, Engraved
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Some sources list Baltimore's "J.S. MacDonald," working from the 1880s through at least the early 1900s, as a plate maker, but sterling examples stamped with the firm's name also exist.

This 8 3/8" long, just under 1.6 T. oz., berry spoon is a case in point. It is imprinted "Sterling" and "J.S. MacDonald."

The pattern is an engraved "Lily," which is more accurately a "lily of the valley," and is one of several variations of the same theme made by numerous manufacturers. This work,... Click for details

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