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George III English Sterling Stuffing Spoon by John Lias
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-04   $100.00


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Offered is a good early English sterling silver stuffing spoon hallmarked for London, circa 1809 or possibly 1789, and bearing a makers mark of IL, which is probably one of the marks used by John Lias. This piece is also decorated with a well-executed period engraved feathered script monogram of "RMM". It measures about 11 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 92 grams. Condition is good overall, with two tiny shallow dimples in the bowl and a few small scratches, but no major dents and no... Click for details

Gorgeous Russian Empire Pair of Sugar Tongs from Riga, Ca. 1881
Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-03   $60.00


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Offered is a rare example of 19th Century silver from Riga, Latvia, at the time a part of the Russian Empire. This piece is a heavy and well-decorated pair of sugar tongs bearing hallmarks for Riga, 1881. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs a heavy 56 grams or so. This example of a pair of sugar tongs is interesting in that it has a style that is distinct from Russian pieces, but is also distinct from tongs from the Western European countries. It is an attractive pair! ... Click for details

Rare Montrose, Pennsylvania Coin Silver Teaspoon by Bentley & Read
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161030-01   $25.00


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Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details

Solve This Late 18th Century American Mystery Mark and Win a Prize!
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition 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 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

Blackinton "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2877f   $65.00


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An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.

The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold... Click for details

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161002-01   $95.00


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Offered is a superb example of the "Basket of Flowers" style of coin silver, in the form of a large pair of sugar tongs dating to around 1825-35. This pair of tongs measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs 46 grams. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece has a period script monogram of what appears to be "AH" and is marked on each arm by silversmith C.HASTINGS, who I haven't found anything about. Most of these tongs were marked by silversmiths or retailers... Click for details

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Large Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Vegetable Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2862f   This item is currently being auctioned


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An exceptional and rare form made to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is egg-shaped,... Click for details

James Robinson, London, "Shell" Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2855f   $150.00


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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by William Baily, Jr. - Earlier Mark
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160923-03   $17.50


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Offered is a nice Philadelphia coin silver teaspoon by silversmith William Baily, Jr., bearing a specimen example of his early mark, with the Jr. being used while his father (also a silversmith) was still alive. This piece probably dates prior to 1835. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is fair, with some dimpling to the bowl and some ripples in the handle, but no splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of Philadelphia silver!

Henry Hebbard "Grecian" Coin Silver Figural Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2842f   $120.00


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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the... Click for details

Wood and Hughes "Japanese" pie knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2226   $375.00


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length 10 3/8 inches, weight 3.48 Troy ounces, no monogram, excellent condition.

As our friend Don Soeffing has recounted in "The Battle of the Birds" (Silver Magazine, November/December 1995), production of this pattern was short lived, because W & H lost this particular battle against Tiffany for infringement of their design pattern...

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-04   $65.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce or cream ladle measuring about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 32 grams, engraved with an armorial of a hound's head erased, issuing from a coronet. This piece bears the maker's mark of Platt & Brothers, silversmiths of New York City, NY, working circa 1836-46 with a shop at 12 Maiden Lane. Crested American coin silver is comparatively uncommon but was especially popular in New York City and in Baltimore. This ladle is in very good... Click for details

Large 19th Century Engraved Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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2830f   $90.00


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Generously sized at 9 7/8" long overall and weighing 2.7 T. oz., this item is a pie server.

It has a 4 5/8" by 3" at the widest, blade with raised shoulders that have flange shoulders with scalloped edges.

The handle has a fan shaped end. It and the blade are extensively engraved in a stylized design that suggests a dating circa 1870.

The backside is plain save for the imprinted word "Sterling," without a maker's or retailer's identification.

It appears barely ever to have been... Click for details

Pair of Early Chicago Coin Silver Spoons c1850-54 by Samuel Hoard & Co
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160820-01   $32.50


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Offered is a good pair of earlier Chicago coin silver spoons, bearing the mark of Samuel Hoard & Co., in business at 117 Lake St. from about 1850 to 1854. Chicago silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers are not widely documented, and it is always a treat to find silver bearing their marks. These teaspoons also each have a period engraved script monogram. They measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and the pair weighs a total of about 28 grams. Condition overall is good, with modest... Click for details

Irish Georgian Sterling Fiddle Pattern Sugar Tongs, Wm. Cummins c.1828
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160819-04   $45.00


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Offered is a good set of Georgian Irish sterling silver sugar tongs, fully hallmarked for Dublin, circa 1828-29, with a maker's mark of WC, most likely for Dublin silversmith William Cummins. According to web sources, Cummins worked from 1813 to 1846, was quite successful, and was expert at his craft. His name was apparently sometimes spelled “Comyns”. This set of sugar tongs measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs a solid 46 grams. There is no monogram or armorial, and no sign... Click for details

1847 Rogers Brothers silverplate Embossed nut/lobster pick
Silver : Plate

Sherrys Antiques* Collectibles* Frivolous Necessities  
safn-6002   $10.00


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Antique 1847 Rogers Bros Silverplate - Embossed Pattern - Nut Pick, Lobster, Shellfish, Escargot Pick. 5" inches long (12.7cm) This beautiful pick-utensil has been lightly cleaned but not polished. The handle is a beautiful floral chintz design in the 'Embossed' pattern designed in 1882. The Rogers Bros 1847 mark is clearly stamped as shown. There are no bends, dents or repairs. A lovely pick, whatever the task.

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