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Farrington & Hunnewell Engraved Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Nut Pick
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2451f   $22.00

Farrington & Hunnewell Engraved Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Nut Pick
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A period piece made in Boston c. 1860, this solid, coin silver nut pick measures 5" long and is relatively heavy at just over .4 T. oz.

It has a "Reverse Tipt" handle with a finely engraved front with detailing that resembles engine turning.

There is an Old English "M" monogram.

It is in flawless condition, free of any wear or damage. The engraving remains crisp, the upturned, pointed end is without nicks or burrs, and the finish has a warm patina.

Marks are "F&H" flanked by... Click for details

Scarce Gorham & Co. "French Thread" Coin Silver Place Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
2448f   $40.00

Scarce Gorham & Co.
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Dating somewhere between the early 1850s and mid 1860s, this 7" long, weighty at just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is stamped "Gorham & Co." and "Coin." It likely was a tea or dessert fork, although it could have been a lunch place piece.

The markings are not readily found, and while a standard motif for the period, the "French Thread" pattern was not one that Gorham seemed to produce in significant quantity, so this is a doubly unusual piece.

It is engraved "A.L. Fiske." in very fine script... 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  
2213   $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...

Chinese silver "bamboo" engraved chopsticks, two pairs
Silver : China Trade

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2212   $120.00

Chinese silver
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length 8 1/2 inches, weight 2.42 Troy ounces, one has a bit more wear to the engraving but fine overall condition and of above average quality. Marked with Chinese characters only, as shown in photo number three.

If it bothers you to throw away your chopsticks every time you eat out at Chef Chow's House, then here is a chance to achieve some stylish sustainability without incurring a huge capital liability. Alas, we can't help you remember to bring them...

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

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2212   $250.00

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."

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

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2211   $625.00

not quite early American basting spoon, Pelletreau, Bennett & Cook
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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

Boxed Set English Mother of Pearl and Sterling Fruit Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2443f   On Hold

Boxed Set English Mother of Pearl and Sterling Fruit Knife and Fork
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This presentation set is an example of an otherwise commonplace item elevated to special standing.

The items are a 7 1/2" long fruit knife paired with a matching 6 1/4" long fork. Two features set them apart. First, both pieces have mother of pearl handles. Such pieces are routinely found with silverplate blades and tines, but these are solid sterling. The second distinguishing feature is that the pair are set in a handsome, leather bound, 10 1/2" x 3 1/4", fitted presentation box. ... Click for details

Fine Early Coin Silver Beaker by Chaudron & Rasch of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-05   $325.00

Fine Early Coin Silver Beaker by Chaudron & Rasch of Philadelphia
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Offered is a fine and rare American coin silver (in this case in the sterling standard) beaker or julep cup by noted Philadelphia silversmiths Simon Chaudron and Anthony Rasch, who alone and in partnership as Chaudron's & Rasch made some of the most important American silver of the first quarter of the 19th Century. The partnership between Chaudron and Rasch lasted only three years and its work is highly sought after - particularly pieces like this one, marked STER*AMERI*MAN. This beaker has a... Click for details

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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-03   $75.00

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

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label or Bottle Ticket - Ca. 1829
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150426-01   $85.00

Fine English Georgian Sterling Wine Label or Bottle Ticket - Ca. 1829
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Offered is a lovely Georgian English sterling silver wine label or bottle ticket made by the noted Barnard family of silversmiths. The mark on this label is number 575 in Arthur Grimwade's "London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837" - it was entered into the assay office rolls in 1829 by Edward Barnard and his three sons, Edward Jr., John and William. Given the style of the sovereign head duty mark, this piece would date to between 1829 and 1834; the date letter is obscured. This wine label or bottle... 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

Mitchell & Tyler, Richmond, Va., Pre Civil War Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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2439f   $32.00

Mitchell & Tyler, Richmond, Va., Pre Civil War Coin Silver Teaspoon
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The firm of Mitchell & Tyler occupies a prominent place in the history of mid 19th century Richmond, Virginia silver production. A successor firm to that established by William Mitchell c. 1818, sources date its years of operation from 1845 to 1866.

The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.

It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle.

In very good... 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

Whiting "baby face" youth spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2210   $125.00

Whiting
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length 5 3/4 inches, weight 1.64 Troy ounces, no monogram, light pattern wear as shown; bowl not gilt but otherwise in fine condition, no monogram.

For those of you who favor comparison shopping, a similar though slightly more fatigued example with pitting in the bowl recently sold on ebay (item 281610340194) @157.50

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