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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

Towle Engraved "No. 63" c. 1885 Large Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2409f   $55.00

Towle Engraved
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Towle produced a number of artfully engraved designs in the 1880's known only by numbers. This gravy ladle is "63" in that series.

It is large, 7 3/4" long, and relatively heavy, weighing just over 1.8 T. oz. The handle is blunt-end, while the bowl is singular in design. It has scalloped shoulders with double coffered walls. The interior has a bronze gold wash.

The entire front of the piece, and the backside of the bowl, have a soft matte finish that gives the surfaces a frosted... Click for details

Durgin "Heraldic" Sterling Silver Melon Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2408f   $55.00

Durgin
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An expressive, detailed high relief design, Durgin's late 19th century "Heraldic" incorporates many images appropriate to the name.

Starting with the top of the handle, there are a pair of upraised (presumably eagle) wings. These appear to rise out of a crown, which itself sits over a lion rampant on a shield. Lastly there is an upraised steed projecting out of a castle turret.

The background around all of this is a dense array of acanthus leaves, which motif is carried over to the... Click for details

Blackinton "Chippendale" Handle All Sterling Silver Tea Strainer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2406f   $45.00

Blackinton
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Dating from the first decades of the 20th century, this 5 1/4" long, just over .9 T. oz., tea strainer was made by Blackinton. The company emblem and the word "Sterling" are imprinted on the underside of the handle.

The openwork handle is essentially "Chippendale" in style with a bit of Art Deco influence.

The bowl is generously proportioned, 2 3/8" in diameter including the rim, and 3/8" deep. There is a small arm extension opposite the handle, to balance it on a teacup.

It is... Click for details

Knowles "Essex" Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Orange Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2405   $55.00

Knowles
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this item is one of those specialty pieces embraced by the Victorian table.

It is an orange knife and reflects the two characteristics of that form, namely a flat blade with a sawtooth upper edge for cutting the fruit skin, and a double pronged tip for lifting the orange sections.

The pattern is Knowles' "Essex." Dating from 1889, it is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

The backside of the handle has an... Click for details

Fine and heavy Gorham water pitcher model 7577
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2206   Sold

Fine and heavy Gorham water pitcher model 7577
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height 11; bottom diameter five, length across handle to spout 9 inches, weight 47.5 Troy ounces, retailed by Theodore Starr (maker's mark effaced) and monogrammed as shown. We always hesitate to say that an item is in "perfect" condition, but I am hard pressed to find fault with this one.

Inverted pyriform, with 8 highly decorated alternating broad and narrow panels, the smaller sides with delicate rocker chasing to simulate a sand-cast appearance and provide contrast, the unbraided... Click for details

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Gorham Figural "Lady Washington" Sterling Shell Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2404f   $95.00

Gorham Figural
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Relatively large, this gravy ladle measures 6 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.9 T. oz. It has a shell-shaped bowl that is 2 3/8" wide 2 1/8" front to back, and 5/8" deep.

The pattern is "Lady Washington" by Gorham. Dating from the 1870s, it is relatively early in the stable of the company's full line flatware designs.

It features an elegant and refined looking central female bust in profile. This is surrounded by swags, drapery, and trailing garlands of ivy vines and leaves. ... Click for details

Heavy, Finely Made Pr. American Coin Silver Fiddlethread Table Knives
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150317-01   Sold

Heavy, Finely Made Pr. American Coin Silver Fiddlethread Table Knives
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Offered is a superb pair of American coin silver table knives in the fiddle and thread or fiddlethread pattern, made circa 1852-65 by Bailey & Co. of Philadelphia. This date range is the most likely as the knives bear marks indicating manufacture under the supervision of noted silversmith George Sharp, who worked for Bailey & Co. for a period between 1852 or 1853 to the mid-1860s. More on the firm follows description of the knives. This pair of knives are solid handled, rather than filled or... Click for details

Original, Solid Sterling Jenkins & Jenkins "Repousse" Corn Scraper
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2402dd   $85.00

Original, Solid Sterling Jenkins & Jenkins
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Successors to Jacobi & Jenkins, the early 20th century Baltimore company Jenkins & Jenkins produced a "Repousse" design much in the manner of those offered by Stieff and Kirk.

This example of their Repousse is a rare form and completely original, i.e. not made up, corn scraper. It is further unusual in that it is solid silver. Most examples of this type of piece have steel scrapers.

It measures 5 7/8" long, weighs 1.4 T. oz., and has a 1 1/2" wide, sawtooth cutter.

The flat portion... Click for details

Fine Set of Six Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by Henry Safford
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150315-01   $135.00

Fine Set of Six Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by Henry Safford
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Offered is a fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by noted early small-town Ohio silversmith Henry (Harry) Safford. Biographical information on Mr. Safford follows discussion of the spoons. These teaspoons each bear a period engraved script monogram, and each also has a good clear maker's mark. The six spoons average about six inches in length, and the total weight for the set is about 120 grams. Condition overall is very good, with little wear and no dings aside from a shallow... Click for details

Choice Gorham "Raphael" Sterling Silver Sugar Spoon, Gold Finish Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2398f   $34.00

Choice Gorham
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A stand out Renaissance Revival design, Gorham's "Raphael" dates from 1874. It features a dense, arabesque background with a central bird with upraised wings. There is a large, shield shaped reserve area, which in this instance is without a monogram or removal.

This example is a 6" long, .9 T. oz., weighty feel, sugar spoon.

The vee shaped bowl with clipped shoulders is used on all the serving spoons throughout the line, and in this instance has a matte finish gold wash on the interior... Click for details

Rare Savannah, Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by John Pearson Circa 1810
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150310-04   Sold

Rare Savannah, Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by John Pearson Circa 1810
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Offered is a fine and very scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known Savannah, GA silversmith and jeweler John Pearson. This piece bears a clear maker's mark of I.PEARSON in a rectangular punch; it may be one of Pearson's earliest marks, though the spoon should date to about 1810 based on the style. This spoon also has a well-executed period script monogram. The spoon measures about 5 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is very good overall, with only... Click for details

Rare Early Mercersburg, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon by William B. Guthrie
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150310-03   On Hold

Rare Early Mercersburg, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon by William B. Guthrie
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Offered is a good early American coin silver tea spoon by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is typical of Guthrie's work, from the early form and period script monogram, to the distinctive roulette-work style engraved heel. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and overall is in fair condition, with some wear and with the bowl a bit out of round, but with no major issues or repairs. This... Click for details

Pair of Bethlehem, PA Teaspoons by John Matthew Miksch (Micksch)
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150310-02   $27.50

Pair of Bethlehem, PA Teaspoons by John Matthew Miksch (Micksch)
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Offered is a nice pair of early American coin silver teaspoons by John Matthew Miksh (or, as this maker's mark would have it, Micksch) of Bethlehem, PA. This pair measures about 5 3/4 inches in length, and the two spoons weigh about 28 grams altogether. Each spoon has a good clear mark and a lightly engraved, worn period script monogram. Condition is only fair overall, as each spoon has some wear and dings to the bowl and handle. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a nice pair of... Click for details

Fine Set of Five Delaware Coin Silver Spoons by Hannah Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150310-01   Sold

Fine Set of Five Delaware Coin Silver Spoons by Hannah Robinson
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Offered is a fine set of five American coin silver teaspoons circa 1840-60 by noted female manufacturing silversmith and jeweler Hannah Robinson. She advertised in 1853 as a manufacture of silver spoons, among other items; these spoons were likely made in her workshop. These five teaspoons are each engraved SS in period script and each bears a relatively well-struck maker's mark of H.ROBINSON. The spoons average about 6 inches in length and together weigh about 98 grams. Condition ranges... Click for details

Scarce Knowles Repousse Style "Essex" Sterling Silver Cake Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2395f   $75.00

Scarce Knowles Repousse Style
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An unusual form, this cake fork measures 6 7/8" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz. The defining feature of the piece is the elongated, 3 1/2" overall, serving end which is comprised of three yoked tines with three dimensional scalloped shoulders. The entire surface front and back is finished in a satin matte gold wash.

Dating from 1889, the pattern is a high relief, repousse-like, floral design featuring a variety of roses.

It is in exceptionally fine condition and without a monogram or... Click for details

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