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

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2422f   $65.00

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

Fiddlethread Coin Silver Youth Fork by Brown & Kirby, New Haven, CT
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150405-02   Sold

Fiddlethread Coin Silver Youth Fork by Brown & Kirby, New Haven, CT
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Offered is a good American coin silver youth fork in the fiddlethread pattern, by Brown & Kirby of New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1834-50 or perhaps 57. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition is fair, with a little tine wear and a couple of scratches above the engraved period script owner's name of Printup. This is an unusual name, and perhaps the original owner's family can be traced in New Haven. All in all a nice little coin silver... Click for details

Evansville, Indiana Silver Teaspoon Ca. 1860-67, G. A. Bittrolff & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150405-01   $15.00

Evansville, Indiana Silver Teaspoon Ca. 1860-67, G. A. Bittrolff & Co.
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Offered is an early silver teaspoon made by Wood & Hughes and retailed by Evansville, IN jeweler G.A. Bittrolff & Co., circa 1860-67. Mr. Bittrolff's biographical information appears below. This spoon was made during the transition from coin silver to the sterling standard. It measures about 6 inches in length, and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair, with some dings to the bowl and a slight wave in the handle. The marks are clear and legible. All in all a nice Indiana piece! The... Click for details

Henry Hebbard New York City "Shell" aka "Leaf" Coin Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2420f   $22.00

Henry Hebbard New York City
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A generously sized master salt spoon, this piece measures 3 7/8" long and weighs just under .5 T. oz.

It is stamped "H H & Co" for Henry Hebbard. Other marks include "Patent 185x," "I," and the retailer's name, "H. Salisbury & Co" for the New York City jeweler.

It is a "Shell" aka "Leaf" pattern, similar to contemporaneous designs produced by such other manufacturers as Albert Coles, Polhmanus, William Gale, and Gorham, which company called its design "Josephine." The leaf motif... Click for details

Fine Pr of Fancy Pattern Coin Silver Master Salt Spoons, Wood & Hughes
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-06   Sold

Fine Pr of Fancy Pattern Coin Silver Master Salt Spoons, Wood & Hughes
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Offered is a fine pair of American coin silver master salt spoons, executed by Wood & Hughes in a fancy pattern, for which I've not found a name. These spoons are in good condition, with little wear to the pattern, and a fair amount of gilding remaining to the bowls, especially on one spoon. The spoons are free of dents, splits or repairs. Each is engraved Mary in period script, and each bears the maker's mark of Wood & Hughes. These spoons average about 3 7/8 inches in length, and weigh 22... Click for details

Finely Made Harrisburg, PA Tablespoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-05   Sold

Finely Made Harrisburg, PA Tablespoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver tablespoon by noted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Joseph Doll, who worked in Harrisburg from about 1795 to his death in 1818. Doll was probably born in Lancaster in 1768, and was located on Second Street in Harrisburg by 1797. Silver bearing his mark is comparatively uncommon and is uniformly well executed. He is better known for his cased clocks, and perhaps known even more widely as a musical adapter and composer -... Click for details

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Early Dayton, Ohio Coin Silver Tablespoon by Best & Son, Circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-04   $37.50

Early Dayton, Ohio Coin Silver Tablespoon by Best & Son, Circa 1860
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Offered is a good American coin silver tablespoon by the Dayton, Ohio firm of Best & Son, circa 1860. This piece measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 42 grams. It is engraved "Smith" in period script for the original owner(s), and bears the makers' mark of BEST&SON in a rectangular punch. Condition is good overall, with some minor surface wear and a few dings and dimples to the bowl and handle; there are no splits or repairs. The maker's mark is well-struck and legible. ... Click for details

Fine Early Pair of Xenia, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by William T. Stark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-03   Sold

Fine Early Pair of Xenia, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by William T. Stark
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Offered is a fine and scarce pair of early Xenia (Greene County), Ohio coin silver teaspoons circa 1816-35 (see biographical information below) by William T. Stark. Although Stark seems to have had a long working life, by style these spoons should be no later than about 1830. Each spoon has a good clear maker's mark and a nicely engraved period script owner's initials. Both teaspoons are in overall good condition, with some dimples to the bowl but no large dents and no splits or repairs. This... Click for details

Early Harrisburg, PA Teaspoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810-18
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-02   Sold

Early Harrisburg, PA Teaspoon by Joseph Doll, Circa 1810-18
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver tea spoon by noted Harrisburg, Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Joseph Doll, who worked in Harrisburg from about 1795 to his death in 1818. Doll was probably born in Lancaster in 1768, and was located on Second Street in Harrisburg by 1797. Silver bearing his mark is comparatively uncommon and is uniformly well executed. He is better known for his cased clocks, and perhaps known even more widely as a musical adapter and composer -... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph M. Freeman of Norfolk, VA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150403-01   Sold

Southern Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Joseph M. Freeman of Norfolk, VA
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Offered is a fine Southern coin silver sugar tongs by noted Norfolk, VA silversmith and jeweler Joseph Mosely Freeman, working in Norfolk alone or in partnership for most of the years between 1828 and 1871. These tongs have distinctive shoulders and are marked J.M.FREEMAN alone, and so probably date prior to his partnership with his son, and outside the dates of his other partnerships. Joseph Freeman was working alone between 1828 and 1832, 1836 to 1840, and 1844 to 1850. The most likely date... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2416f   $75.00

Hotchkiss & Schreuder Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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A major manufacturer located in Syracuse, New York, Hotchkiss & Schreuder was a presence in the world of mid 19th century silver.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz. example stamped "H & S" with the letters in circles and the "&" in a diamond is a good example of the quality of the firm's output. This particular mark was used by the company 1857-64.

Those dates would fit the style of this. It has a twisted stem and a flat end with shaped margins and a slightly upturned end. This is engine... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard Boston "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Tea Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2415f   On Hold

Bigelow, Kennard Boston
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Variously identified as a tea, dessert, or breakfast knife, this 7 3/4" long piece has a flat, solid silver handle joined to a blunt end, also solid silver, blade.

It is rather heavy at just under 1.7 T. oz. This weight is reflected in the substantial thickness of the piece, particularly at the join between the handle and blade.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" and appears on both sides of the handle, which is monogrammed "Mc.C." in Old English on the front.

It has Boston origins,... Click for details

Scarce Duhme "Rose" Sterling Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2414f   $32.00

Scarce Duhme
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Both a manufacturer and a retailer, Cincinnati's Duhme offered an array of its own and derivative patterns that were akin to other manufacturers, but carried the Duhme mark.

This 6" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., tea or youth spoon, falls in the derivative category. It is a "Rose" design, but appears to be built upon Whiting's "Lily of the Valley." The overall shape of the handle is identical, as is the folded leaf motif on the lower section of the shank.

The Rose design itself is high... Click for details

Gorham "Royal Oak" Heavy Sterling Silver Dessert Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2412f   $38.00

Gorham
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A turn of the 20th century design, Gorham's "Royal Oak" pattern shows Art Nouveau influences in its realistic portraiture of oak leaves and acorns.

It is a weighty line, which is the case with this 7 1/8" long, just under .7 T. oz., dessert, aka place or oval soup.

There is an Old English "P" monogram.

It is in superb condition. The fine line detail of the design remains exceptionally clear. The leaves retain a textured surface, and the acorns are rippled on the lower portion and... Click for details

decorative Dutch silver frame
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2207   $250.00

decorative Dutch silver frame
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.835 standard, circa 1922, height 6 7/8; width 5 1/4 inches, weight of silver 2.02 Troy ounces, excellent condition, no monogram.

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Old Whiting "Lily" Sterling Silver 5 O'Clock Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2410f   $22.00

Old Whiting
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Measuring 5 7/16" long and weighing .7 T. oz., this spoon is a "five o'clock," which is the next size down from a full length teaspoon.

This piece is an early example of Whiting's Art Nouveau "Lily." It is marked with the company logo, "Sterling," "Pat'd 1902," "R'd 1902," an Old English "O," and a capital "M," this last letter probably being a weight designation.

It is in immaculate condition and without a monogram or removal. All aspects of the fine detailing of the pattern remain... Click for details

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