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Kidney & Johnson, New York, Fixed Handle c. 1868 Coin Silver Basket
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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3798f   $385.00


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Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers offers extensive biographical material about silversmiths Edmond Kidney and Samuel Johnson, who formed a partnership in 1868 that lasted until at least 1874.

With working histories for each of them tracing to the early 1850s, they were already established names among New York City silversmiths when they joined efforts.

Their product line was extensive and of excellent quality, of which this 6 1/4" long, 4 3/4" wide,... Click for details

Excellent Coin Silver Salt Spoon by George H. Lewis of Philadelphia
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190303-02   $27.50


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver master salt spoon by Philadelphia jeweler and watchmaker George H. Lewis, working circa 1855-61. This piece has a clear maker's mark or retailer's mark complete with address, as well as a period engraved monogram. This piece measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. It is in excellent condition, with almost no surface wear and no dings, dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of the form, with a quite uncommon... Click for details

Whiting "Antique Lily Engraved" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon, Mint
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3794f   $135.00


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Engraved patterns were immensely popular in the late 19th century, probably because the capacity to execute reached a peak in that period, and the technique offered great flexibility in presenting intricate and varied designs.

"Lily," which is actually a "lily of the valley" presented on an "Antique" form handle, was a popular motif offered by numerous manufacturers, none more successfully so than Whiting, the manufacturer of this 8 3/4" long, 2.6 T. oz., berry or large serving spoon.... Click for details

Coin Silver Sauce Ladle Ca. 1816-26 by James Fitch of Auburn, New York
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190302-03   $25.00


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver sauce ladle bearing the maker's mark J.FITCH in a rectangular punch, with a mark of a sheaf of wheat accompanying the maker's mark. This mark is given to James Fitch of Auburn, NY, working circa 1816 to 1826. This piece has a light but legible maker's mark and pseudo-hallmark. It also features a very nicely engraved period script monogram. This ladle measures about six inches in length and weighs about 24 grams. Condition is fair, as there is a... Click for details

Decorated Coin Silver Turned Handle Spreader by James Watts
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190302-02   $32.50


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Offered is a nicely decorated American coin silver turned-handle spreader or butter knife bearing a manufacturer's mark for James Watts of Philadelphia, circa the 1860s. This piece has engraved decoration and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 7 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 33 grams. Condition is fair to good, with some wear and scratching consistent with normal use, but no bends, splits or repairs. All in all a nice piece for display or everyday use!

Gorham "Raphael" Renaissance Revival Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3793f   $68.00


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An early example of a line issued in 1875, this 6" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., sauce ladle is marked "Pat. Appl. For," along with "Sterling" and Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem.

The pattern, "Raphael," is Renaissance Revival in style, with a strongly Moorish influence.

Essentially non-figural, it does incorporate a bird with raised wings in the midpoint of the handle, just below the shield-shaped reserve area that is monogrammed "HWS" in Old English lettering.

The deep, oval bowl has... Click for details

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Boynton & Woodford, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3792f   $40.00


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Slender, with an elongated handle, this coin silver cream ladle measures 6 1/2" overall and weighs .9 T. oz. It has an oval bowl that is 1 7/8" wide, 1 1/2" back to front, and 1/2" deep.

A "Tipt" pattern, it is stamped "Boynton & Woodford," for the Boston jeweler and "comb maker" with dates 1837-54.

There is a large script "S.A.B." monogram on the backside of the handle.

In very fine condition, it is stylistically appealing and remains a quality example of its form and period. Apart... Click for details

Two Alvin "Marie Antoinette" Sterling Silver Dinner Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3791f   $44.00


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Issued in 1910 (some sources indicate 1890) and not readily found, Alvin's "Marie Antoinette," bespeaks its French court inspired name in its design elements, which include garlands, wreaths, ribbons, and laurel leaves.

These two forks are dinner size at 7 1/2" long, and very heavy at 1.9 T. oz. each.

They are identical save that one is engraved "Mary" in script set sideways on the handle front, and the other "Winifred," likely presented to two sisters.

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O.D. Seymour "Tipt" circa 1850 Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3790f   $45.00


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Subsequent to a partnership with Julius Hollister that existed about 1843-46, Oliver D. Seymour operated his own shop in Hartford, Connecticut until at least 1852 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

This 8 11/16" long, 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon carries his name along with an "eagle" and "star" hallmarks that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies with Hartford.

A very clean example, showing no wear, this has a crisp, feathered script... Click for details

Whiting "Roses & Scrolls" aka "LaFrance" Sterling Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3788f   $65.00


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This Whiting pattern introduced in 1890 is known by several names including singular and plural variations of "Rose & Scroll" as well as "LaFrance" and "LaFrancais."

This example is a 5 1/2" long, just under .9 T. oz., sauce or cream ladle with a delicate leaf script "B" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

The 2" x 1 3/4" x 3/4" deep bowl has a scalloped edge, decorated shoulders, and embossed interior.

It is in flawless estate condition, showing no polishing wear, having a fine... Click for details

Gorgeous Decorated Coin Silver Tablespoon by Edward Lownes of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190223-10   $60.00


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Offered is a beautiful American coin silver table spoon in the fiddle pattern but decorated in a style recalling the late 18th Century by noted Philadelphia silversmith Edward Lownes (1792-1834), and bearing one of his maker's marks. This piece has a period engraved script monogram within a hand-engraved chain reserve with trailing decoration. This sort of decoration became much less common after about 1805, and would have cost more as more labor would be required. Please take a look at all... Click for details

Chinese Export Silver Spoon by Wong Shing of Canton, Circa 1820-60
Silver : Coin Silver

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20190223-04   $35.00


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Offered is a lovely and scarce Chinese Export Silver (CES) spoon by Canton silversmith Wong Shing or Wongshing, working circa 1820-60. This piece was made for the English market, and has a typical English fiddle-pattern shape, as well as a period engraved script monogram. The maker's mark for Wong Shing and his pseudo-hallmarks are all well-struck. This piece measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs a heavy 26 grams, typical of CES pieces. Condition overall is good, with some wear... Click for details

Tiffany VINE asparagus tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2391   $750.00


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length 7 1/2 inches, weight 6.56 Troy ounces, monogrammed script "P," one small pinprick dent as shown in enlargement two but very fine overall condition. ,p>

Wallace "Sappho" Sterling Silver Tea or Dessert Fork Engraved "Carrie"
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3786f   $46.00


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An elaborate leaf, bead, and stylized shell design, Wallace's "Sappho" bespeaks the artistry of the ancient poet from whom the pattern takes its name.

This 6 7/8" long, quite heavy at nearly 1.4 T. oz., tea or dessert size fork may have been used as a youth piece, given the engaging inscription, which reads in fine script lettering, "To Carrie" on the front, and "From Mother Dec. 4th 98." on the reverse.

Given this line was first issued in 1895, this is an early piece in the history of the... Click for details

Six Durgin "Tipt" Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3785f   $55.00


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Measuring 5 7/8" long, and weighing 3.1 T. oz. the group, these six teaspoons all match and all have the same script "D" monogram engraved sideways on the handle fronts.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" design they are very early examples of the work of William B. Durgin, whose name appears on the backside of each one. He founded his company in 1853 and these date about that time.

Simple and unadorned, they stand in marked contrast to the later, evolved work of this firm which produced some most... Click for details

D. Kinsey Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3783f   $90.00


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The mark on this 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is "D. Kinsey," for David, who along with his brother Edward were major silver manufacturers in 19th century Cincinnati, both singly and in partnership.

Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 indicates that David operated alone following Edward's death in 1861, and himself died in 1874, dating this to that time span.

These dates conform with the style which is mid 1860s, with a thick, twisted handle set at a right angle to the blade.... Click for details

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