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Mid 19th Century Shell Bowl Coin Silver Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2163f   Sold

Mid 19th Century Shell Bowl Coin Silver Spoons
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Dating from the mid 19th century, these two coin silver spoons have New England origins. One is marked "W.J. Goodsell" with an eagle and star pseudo hallmark for the Hartford, Connecticut jeweler, and the other is stamped "Harwood Brothers" for the Boston firm. Both pieces have "Tipt" ends and shell bowls, but each is distinct in how these are presented.

The Harwood is the longer, at 6 11/16", and slightly heavier at .8 T. oz., compared to the Goodsell which measures 6 7/16" and weighs .6... Click for details

Blackinton Sterling Silver & Enamel Food Pusher
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2162dd   $60

Blackinton Sterling Silver & Enamel Food Pusher
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A charming item, this 4 1/4" long, just over .3 T. oz. total weight, (baby) food pusher is stamped with the "sword through B" mark of Blackinton, along with the word "Sterling."

The pattern is rococo in style and incorporates scrolls and florettes along its asymmetrical border. This frames a white enamel ground that itself contains a pair of purple lilies with trailing green leaves. The canted blade has a flat end and scalloped edges. The entire piece apart from the enamel is finished is... Click for details

Fayetteville, North Carolina Teaspoon by John Selph
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-08   $175

Fayetteville, North Carolina Teaspoon by John Selph
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Offered is a fine and very early example of the work of Fayetteville, NC silversmith John Selph, working circa 1807 to 1838. Selph's work is quite scarce, and this piece is the earliest I've seen by style. The square shoulders and tapered transitional handle put this in the first decade of Selph's career, most likely somewhere between 1807-15. This piece bears a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram that is a little rubbed but appears to be ERW. Condition is decent... Click for details

Good Fiddle Pattern Coin Silver Spoon by Rockwell
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-07   $12.50

Good Fiddle Pattern Coin Silver Spoon by Rockwell
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Offered is a fine early 19th century American coin silver teaspoon marked ROCKWELL, which may be for Edward Rockwell of New York. Condition is very good, with little surface wear, very light dimples in the bowl, and no splits or repairs. There is a period engraved script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 11/16 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. The maker's mark is clear and crisp. All in all a fine example of American silver!

Rare Anthony Rasch Teaspoon Marked STERLING SILR.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-06   Sold

Rare Anthony Rasch Teaspoon Marked STERLING SILR.
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver tea spoon by noted Philadelphia and New Orleans silversmith Anthony Rasch. This spoon is interesting in that it is one of the few pieces of flatware Rasch marked STERLING SILR.; only a few Philadelphia and Baltimore silversmiths seem to have been doing this in the first two decades of the 19th Century. The maker's mark and standard mark on this spoon are well-struck and clear, and the spoon also has a period engraved script monogram. This piece... Click for details

Great Anthony Rasch Spoon Engraved "Miss C Harris"
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-05   $65

Great Anthony Rasch Spoon Engraved
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver dessert spoon or very large teaspoon by noted Philadelphia and New Orleans silversmith Anthony Rasch. This spoon probably dates to Rasch's Philadelphia years. It is engagingly engraved "Mifs (Miss) C Harris". The maker's mark was struck twice and is clear. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs 28 grams. Condition is very good with moderate wear from normal use, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. A fine example of... Click for details

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Rare Lancaster, PA Tablespoon by George Haverstick
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-04   $125

Rare Lancaster, PA Tablespoon by George Haverstick
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Offered is a rare early American coin silver table spoon by Lancaster, PA silversmith George Haverstick (b. 1788, d. 1824). Although silver from George's brother William is encountered fairly often, that of George and of his brother John is quite uncommon. This is especially the case with a large tablespoon like this one. This piece measures about 9 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. Condition is good overall, with moderate wear to the surface but no major dents and no splits... Click for details

Rare Birdback Tablespoon by Richard Flower Ca. 1783-86
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-03   $245

Rare Birdback Tablespoon by Richard Flower Ca. 1783-86
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Offered is a rare early American coin silver table spoon by Richard Flower, Jr., working in Philadelphia circa 1783-86. After 1786 he appears to have turned to other professions. Flower is known for his birdback spoons, which are quite uncommon. This is the only example of his work I've come across. The maker's mark is very well struck and clear, and the period engraved script monogram is well executed. The bird (pictured) is a dove, and is fairly well preserved. Condition overall is fair,... Click for details

Lovely Bethelehem, PA Tablespoon by Jedediah Weiss
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-02   $65

Lovely Bethelehem, PA Tablespoon by Jedediah Weiss
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Offered is a lovely and large America coin silver tablespoon bearing the mark of Jedediah Weiss of Bethlehem, PA. This table spoon probably dates to the period of 1825-40 by style, but could be a little earlier or later. It measures about 9 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 56 grams. Condition is excellent, with light wear from normal use but no dents, splits or repairs. An excerpt of Mr. Weiss' obituary, published in the September 3, 1873 edition of the Bethlehem Globe, gives the... Click for details

Rare Bethlehem, PA Teaspoon - David Henry Bishop
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140727-01   $45

Rare Bethlehem, PA Teaspoon - David Henry Bishop
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Offered is a rare American coin silver teaspoon marked by David Henry Bishop of Bethlehem. David H. Bishop (b. November 19, 1815, d. December 10, 1874) was apprenticed to Charles F. Beckel to learn the clockmaking business, and according to Whisker (whose book has his first and middle names transposed), took over from Beckel in 1830, while still a boy. Bishop was apparently listed as both a silversmith and a clockmaker, but his silver seems to be exceedingly uncommon, so he may have focused on... Click for details

Albert Coles "Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Scoop
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2161f   $285

Albert Coles
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Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.

This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.

It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.

In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D. Albert... Click for details

Indiana Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by W. H. Talbott
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140726-04   $15

Indiana Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by W. H. Talbott
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Offered is a nice little American coin silver salt spoon bearing the mark of William H. Talbott of Indianapolis. This piece is in good used condition, with wear but no splits or repairs. It measures about 3 13/16 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Below is biographical information relating to Mr. Talbott, from "Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis" by John H. B. Nowland (1870): “William H. Talbott - Came from Charleston, Clark County, to this place in the year 1833, and is another... Click for details

Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Table Fork by William Brady
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140726-03   $75

Pottsville, PA Coin Silver Table Fork by William Brady
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Offered is a very fine and heavy American coin silver table fork by William Brady, circa 1850-57. Brady is not well known, but luckily his obituary, which gives good information, was published in the July 22, 1879 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph: "William Brady. The last of five brothers, all well - known, and each highly esteemed in the business circle in which he moved in this city the last of these brothers died last night. William Brady, the subject of this brief sketch, was the... Click for details

Easton, PA Teaspoon Circa 1840-48, William Bixler
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140726-02   $30

Easton, PA Teaspoon Circa 1840-48, William Bixler
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Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of Easton, Pennsylvania jeweler William Bixler, circa 1840. The spoon is marked W.BIXLER in a rectangle, and is also marked with a manufacturer's mark. William Bixler (b. 1793 - d. 1848) was the son of the famous Easton clockmaker Christian Bixler, and apprentice and then successor to his father. This is the first piece I've seen with William Bixler's mark. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 16... Click for details

Rare Early Missouri Coin Silver Spoon, August Guelberth
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20140726-01   Sold

Rare Early Missouri Coin Silver Spoon, August Guelberth
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A fine early American coin silver teaspoon by St. Louis, Missouri silversmith Auguste Guelberth, circa 1831-40. Guelberth was born in Switzerland in 1797, and moved to the Hudson's Bay Territory before settling in St. Louis in 1827. Guelberth began his career in St. Louis working for Joseph Bouju, but struck out on his own by 1831. Although several marks have been identified as his, work bearing his name is quite scarce. Guelberth was volunteer firefighter, and was a slaveholder in a state... Click for details

Plata Industria 800 Silver and 18K Gold Bombilla
Silver

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2160dd   $325

Plata Industria 800 Silver and 18K Gold Bombilla
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A straw for drinking yerba mate, this bombilla (bomba) measures 7 3/4" long and weighs just over 1.1 T. oz.

The pierced bowl is stamped "Plata Industria Argentina" and "800" in a diamond. This is hinged for opening and has a threaded end that fits into the tube.

The tube itself has a gold tip that is stamped "18K." This appears to be a solid band wrapped around an inner lining. The stem is divided into several sections separated by bands, two of which are knurled. The upper portion... Click for details

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