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Fine Early Kings Pattern Coin Silver Fish Slice by R. & W. Wilson
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20160806-01   $195.00


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Offered is a very fine and scarce early American coin silver fish slice or server in the Kings pattern, by the noted Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson, working circa 1825-50. Surprisingly little is known about this firm, despite its prominence and the great numbers of spoons and other pieces that survive bearing one of the firm's marks. This piece measures about 13 inches in length overall, with a blade measuring about 7 1/4 inches in length and about 3 inches across at its... Click for details

Gorham No. 418 Sterling Silver Figural Brandy Warmer
Silver : Sterling

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2804f   $55.00


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Commonly referred to as a "brandy warmer," this form appears in Gorham's 1894 catalogue identified as a "brandy burner" (see image 2).

Whatever name is applied, this example is characteristic of the piece. It measures 3 7/8" long, with a short handle and a 1 5/8" diameter bowl with two tabs to lock over the rim of a brandy snifter. It weighs .6 T. oz.

While brandy warmers are readily available, this piece is uncommon. Figural and decorative whereas many are plain, it is a limited... Click for details

Towle "Old Newbury" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2802f   $46.00


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Measuring 7 3/8" long and weighing just over .8 T. oz., this long handle olive or pickle fork is a clean example of Towle's "Old Newbury" pattern issued in 1900.

The serving end has two hooked tines that are splayed outward. These are joined to a cupped heel that has three piercings.

Without a monogram or removal, the piece is in choice estate condition. There is no polishing wear and the finish is bright and warm. The tines are free of bends or burrs and remain even and pointed. ... Click for details

Gorham "Fontainebleau" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2800f   $40.00


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A highly trumpeted design at the time of its introduction in 1880, Gorham's figural "Fontainebleau" quickly established itself as one of the company's foremost patterns, and it remains so today.

This example is a 6" long, just under .9 T. oz., youth fork. It is an early example, stamped with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and the word "Copyrighted" set on the edge of the handle.

Its age is further evidenced by the inscription on the reverse, which reads in fine script... Click for details

Old Reed & Barton "Francis I" Sterling Silver Lemon Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2799f   $38.00


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A fully original, early production, example of "Francis I," this piece is imprinted with the company's "bird, R in a shield, standing lion" emblem, and the word "Sterling."

It is a 4 7/16" long, just over .4 t. oz., lemon fork with three tines, the outer two of which are splayed. The center one is wider and slightly more elongated than the other two.

It is without a monogram or removal, and in immaculate condition. The high relief, clustered fruit pattern detail remains clear and... Click for details

Gorham 1902 Heavy Solid Sterling Silver Sealing Set Desk Tray
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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2798f   $235.00


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Part of a desk set made by Gorham, this 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide, weighty at 5.3 T. oz., tray is identified in the company's 1902 catalogue as a "sealing set tray" (see image 2).

It appears to be a pen tray, and is indeed very similar to the item alongside it identified as that, but late Victorian sensibilities provided for separate items for each functional need of the time.

It is particularly handsome and intricately detailed. The motif appears to be taken from English court style,... Click for details

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Scarce Maryland or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Spoon by Emanuel Holsey
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160723-12   $25.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by itinerant Maryland and Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Emanuel (or Emmanuel) Holsey (ca. 1798 - 1849), who apprenticed to Henry Biershing in Hagerstown, MD around 1815 and who was working on his own in Williamsport, MD circa 1820-21, Hagerstown circa 1821-23, Chambersburg, PA circa 1823-39, and perhaps in Union County, PA circa 1839-49, where he died. Holsey's silver is graced with his relatively crude maker's mark and a great eagle... Click for details

Rare Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Spoon by John Reynolds Ca. 1810-32
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20160723-11   $45.00


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Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known maker John Reynolds (1770-1832), working from the 1790s through 1808 and probably much later. By style, this spoon should date to circa 1810 or later. This is one of several marks attributed to Reynolds; others include a different initials mark, and the mark J.Reynolds in script. This mark is shown in several reference works on Maryland silver. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details

Rare Pair Philadelphia Spoons w/Mark of Joseph Anthony & Son c1810-14
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

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20160723-10   $60.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the output of the partnership of noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Anthony and his son Michael. This partnership was short-lived, lasting only from 1810-14. The two spoons here were used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" despite the rubbing of the marks, due to the extreme rarity of the mark of this partnership. The spoons are each also marked with the manufacturer's mark of Thomas Harper (working circa 1811-17), who also made silver for (Jean)... Click for details

Fine 18th Century Philadelphia Coin Silver Tspn - Joseph Richardson Jr
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20160723-09   $50.00


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Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr., circa 1790-1800. This teaspoon is initialed "CB" in period script and bears one of Richardson's larger maker's marks. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is good overall, with some surface wear and some minor dents and dings to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. There could have been a silver test given there is a small notch on the... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Richardson Jr. c.1790-1800
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20160723-08   $60.00


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Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr., circa 1790-1800. This teaspoon is initialed "SM" in period script and bears one of Richardson's smaller (and less common) maker's marks. This piece measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with some surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. The surface is a little bright but I am fairly sure it was not machine buffed. All in... Click for details

Original Alvin "Old Orange Blossom" Sterling Chipped Beef Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2787f   $90.00


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A 5 7/8" long, 1.0 T. oz. item, this is an early production example of Alvin's Art Nouveau pattern informally known as "OOB," short for "Old Orange Blossom."

Early pieces distinguish themselves from later ones (and fakes) by their exceptionally fine detail and finish. The handle is up-tipped, which is another feature associated with older examples; subsequent issues had flat handle ends.

A mint condition estate item, this small chipped beef fork possesses every quality for which this... Click for details

Rare Chillicothe, Ohio Coin Silver Spoon Made by Edward P. Pratt
Silver : Coin Silver

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20160717-04   $37.50


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Offered is a fine and scarce example of American coin silver bearing the mark of Cincinnati and Chillicothe, OH silversmith Edward P. Pratt. Mr. Pratt worked in Cincinnati alone and in partnership from about 1828-30, and then spent the rest of his career (about 1831 to 1861) working as a silversmith and jeweler in Chillicothe. Mr. Pratt died in 1866 at the age of about 65. This piece has a good maker's mark or retailer's mark of "E.P.Pratt" in italicized lettering in a rectangular punch; this... Click for details

Rare Chicago Coin Silver Teaspoon with City Mark by Isaac Spear/Speer
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled

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20160717-03   $22.50


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Offered is a very rare and fairly early example of Chicago coin silver from the 1840s or 1850s, by Chicago silversmith Isaac Spear (also spelled Speer). Mr. Spear's information appears below the item description. This piece has a lightly engraved period script monogram and a good clear maker's mark. The CHICAGO city mark is scarce and difficult to find. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with some slight dimples in the bowl... Click for details

Wallace "Irian" Art Nouveau Large Sterling Gumbo Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2785f   $40.00


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Perhaps Wallace's most expressive entries in the well populated arena of early 20th century American Art Nouveau designs, "Irian" features the image of a partially clad woman with two cupid-like figures hovering around her head.

Other elements of the design incorporate more typical to Wallace floral elements, including a bold iris that appears in two places on the handle and in the heel of the bowl, along with wild rose and violet blossoms.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, weighty at 1.8... Click for details

Vermont or Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by Benjamin Lord
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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20160626-02   $35.00


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Offered is a fine early fiddle pattern American coin silver teaspoon bearing the maker's mark B.LORD, for Benjamin Lord, a silversmith who began his career in Rutland, Vermont and moved to Athens, Georgia by 1831. Benjamin died in Athens in 1843. His two sons, Benjamin Buel Lord and Ebenezer Lord, also worked in Athens, and in theory his son Benjamin B. Lord could have marked this spoon. By style, this spoon could date from the 1820s or 1830s, so it is unknown whether or not it was made in... Click for details

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