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Farrington & Hunnewell Bright Cut Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4186f   $44.00


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Marked "F&H" for Boston manufacturer "Farrington & Hunnewell" and "S.M. Hewett" for Putnam, Connecticut jeweler, this 7" long, just over .8 T. oz., piece dates to the mid 19th century.

A slender piece, it is a master butter, or possibly a pickle, knife.

The shoulders of the handle are angular, while the smooth surface is extensively engraved in a diamond cut and wriggle work design that is character of this period Boston silver.

The pattern on this is particularly appealing in that it... Click for details

18th Century Chambersburg Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Charles Young
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200404-01   $295.00


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Offered is a rare and important early American coin silver sugar tongs by Chambersburg, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith Charles Young (fl. 1791-1833), circa 1791-1800. It is extremely unusual to find such early American silver from a Chambersburg craftsman, and these tongs are an exceptional example of Charles Young's work, which is exceedingly rare. These tongs are marked with a clear strike of Charles Young's maker's mark once on each arm, and the tongs are also decorated with a... Click for details

Gorham "Chantilly Duchess" 10 1/2" Sterling Silver Bowl, 1949 Flawless
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4183f   This item is currently being auctioned


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In choice, indeed like new, condition, this older, large vegetable or fruit bowl is an example of Gorham's "Chantilly" holloware line identified as "Duchess."

It measures 10 1/2" wide, stands 2" tall, and weighs 14.9 T. oz.

It is stamped on the brushed finish underside "Gorham," "lion, anchor, G", "Sterling," model number "745," and with a date symbol for "1949."

Never monogrammed, it is without dents, scratches, or other evidence of use, and has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish.

Frank Smith Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Knife & 12 Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4181f   $450.00


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It is unusual to find an intact set of twelve ice spoons along with their original serving knife, aka slice, and even more so to have the set in such pristine condition as this group.

Made by Frank Smith, whose early "S in a circle" mark and "sterling" are imprinted on the backside of all pieces, along with the name of the retailer, "Worcester & Co.," Lowell, Massachusetts.

The server measures 10" long and weighs 2.7 T. oz., while each of the spoons is 5 3/4" long with the twelve weighing... Click for details

L. Amadon, Vermont, "Fiddle Tipt" Two Coin Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4180f   $46.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this pair of matched spoons each measure 7 3/8" long and weigh 1.7 T. oz. combined.

A "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, they would have been place pieces in their period, slightly larger than a contemporary dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon.

They are stamped "L[eander]. Amadon" for the silversmith and jeweler who worked in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Never monogrammed, they are in very fine estate condition, showing no polishing wear and having... Click for details

Good English Sterling Salt Spoon, Bristol (Hallmarked for Exeter) 1865
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200329-05   $15.00


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Offered is a lovely Victorian English sterling silver master salt spoon by the noted firm of James and Josiah Williams of Bristol, England (though because Bristol had no assay office most of their silver was hallmarked at the Exeter assay office. Their information appears below. This piece is fully hallmarked as having been assayed at Exeter in 1865, and bears a clear maker's mark. It also has a nice engraved period script monogram. This master salt spoon measures about 3 13/16 inches in... Click for details

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Set of Five Dessert Spoons by Prouhet & Witt of St. Louis, Ca. 1857-62
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200329-04   $110.00


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Offered is a nice set of five American coin silver dessert spoons bearing the scarce maker's mark of Prouhet & Witt, a St. Louis partnership of Hyppolite Prouhet and Thomas D. Witt that lasted from 1857 to 1862 or so. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark and also features a period engraved script monogram. Please review all pictures. These spoons measure about 7 1/8 inches in length on average, and the set weighs a total of about 134 grams. Condition is fair at best, with a ripple in one... Click for details

Not For Sale - Solve this Mystery Mark and Win a Coin Silver Spoon!
Silver : Coin Silver

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This American coin silver tablespoon dating to about 1820-40 is not for sale, but rather one that I need some help with. It measures about 9 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It has a faint period script engraved monogram running across the top of the handle, and a maker's mark of D.G in a rectangular punch. This piece has a mid-Atlantic or Midwestern feel, though it could be from some places in the American South outside of the major cities. It is almost certainly not by David... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Jacob Stockman Circa 1830-50
Silver : Coin Silver

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20200329-01   Sold


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Stockman, working alone and in partnership circa 1819 to 1850 as a silversmith and pencil and thimble maker, and from 1850-55 as a pencil-maker and jeweler. This spoon has a well-struck maker's mark and a rubbed but legible period engraved script monogram. The maker's mark on this spoon is one of Jacob Stockman's more scarce marks. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. ... Click for details

Newport, RI Coin Silver Spoon by William Stoddard Nichols w/City Mark
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200328-05   $27.50


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Offered is a lovely Newport coin silver spoon by Rhode Island silversmith William Stoddard Nichols (b. 1785 - d. 1871), who was born and died in Newport, and who worked there as a silversmith and jeweler at least from 1808 into the 1860s. This piece has a clear maker's mark for Nichols, a full location mark for Newport, RI, and a fineness mark of PURE COIN. All of the marks are clear and legible (see all the pictures for closeups of the marks). This piece also features a period engraved... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon w/Rare Mark of J. & P. Fries, Ca. 1837
Silver : Coin Silver

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20200328-04   $35.00


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Offered is a good Philadelphia coin silver spoon bearing the extremely rare mark of John & Phineas Fries, circa 1837 (the single year of their partnership). While coin silver spoons and other items bearing only the maker's mark of John Fries are somewhat common, and those with just Phineas Fries' maker's mark are scarce but not rare, the mark of their partnership is very hard to find. The mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan, and in twenty... Click for details

Set of Five Chinese Export Silver Spoons Circa 1890-35, Tai Shan?
Silver : Sterling

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20200328-02   Sold


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Offered is a lovely set of five late Chinese Export Silver tea or coffee spoons in an Arts & Crafts or Art Deco style, bearing ideograms that appear to potentially be for jeweler Tai Shan, working in Peking (Beijing) circa 1890-1935. I could of course be wrong, and would welcome any corrections. Please review the pictures for a closeup of the marks. The front of these spoons are engraved or decorated with an ideogram, which likely is not a monogram specific to an individual but rather an... Click for details

Wendt "Florentine" 12 All Sterling Silver Tea or Breakfast Knives
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4178f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Flat handled, solid silver, place knives are generally only found in 19th century flatware, being supplanted by hollow handle forms.

This is a difficult to find group of twelve matched pieces in John Wendt's Renaissance Revival "Florentine" pattern issued in 1870.

Measuring 8" long each and weighing 20.3 T. oz. the lot, these are variously identified as tea, breakfast, or dessert knives.

These have solid handles, blunt end blades, and are engraved "MLC" in script in the reserve area of... Click for details

Clark & Biddle Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4177f   On Hold


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The Biddle family of Philadelphia had a number of individuals involved in the manufacture and sale of silver in 19th century Philadelphia, one of whom, John W., son of William, was a principal in the partnership of Clark & Biddle, which is the name imprinted on this 7 1/4" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

Coin silver, the style is consistent with Philadelphia flatware design of its 1870 period.

It has a twisted stem with an oblong, tipt end handle that is... Click for details

Watson "Woman's Benefit Association" Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4176f   $38.00


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This 5 5/8" long, .8 T. oz., spoon speaks to the history of women's social and economic empowerment in the United States.

Made by Watson, whose "crown, W, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "W&H Co.," appear on the backside, it commemorates the "Woman's Benefit Association."

Information about this organization, now the "Woman's Life Assurance Society," founded in Port Huron, Michigan in 1891 by Bina M. West when she was merely 24 years old, is readily available on the internet and makes for an... Click for details

Gorham "Etruscan" Four Sterling Silver Iced Tea Spoons, Clean
Silver : Sterling

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4175f   $110.00


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Each of these iced tea, lemonade, or parfait spoons measures 7 5/8" long, with the group weighing 4.0 T. oz.

The pattern is "Etruscan," which features a Greek Key motif on the handle end.

Marked "Gorham" and "Sterling," these are 1930 or later production of this design first issued in 1913.

Never monogrammed, they are in flawless condition, show no wear or damage, and have bright finishes.

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