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Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161029-UNK   Not For Sale


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Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It is marked I*C in an irregular punch. The engraving and monogram are in... Click for details

Whiting Mid 19th Century "Calla Lily" Sterling Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2888f   $365.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this c. 1860's pattern is a Whiting design commonly identified as "Calla Lily," taken from the three dimensional flower that adorns the end of the handle.

This example is a large, 10 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., serving spoon. It has an extra wide and deep bowl, to be distinguished from a nearly identical version with a smaller bowl.

This is assembled from a variety of parts, rather than being die struck as a unit, or a single casting. This approach was... Click for details

Teapot by Joseph Richardson, Jr., Philadelphia, circa 1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5277   $3,125.00


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Marked twice on bottom J(pellet)R. Sides divided into eight panels. Silver urn finial. Wood handle. Height 7". Maximum horizontal dimension 13-1/4". Total weight 20.1 troy ounces.The monogram is a script EM on one side. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Coffee pot by Joseph Richardson, Jr., ca 1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5276   $4,500.00


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Marked twice on bottom J(pellet)R. Sides with eight panels. Silver urn finial. Wood handle. Height 13". Maximum horizontal dimension 12". Weight (total 36.2 troy ounces. The monogram on one side is a script EM. Overall and mark condition are excellent (one pin prick dent on the side).

Blackinton "Narcissus" Sterling Silver Long Handle Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2877f   $65.00


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An Art Nouveau design issued in 1902, "Narcissus" is one of several floral patterns that Blackinton produced in the early 20th century.

This example is an 8 1/8", .9 T. oz., olive spoon. It is long-handle, versus standard size, which is less than 6".

The flowers are delicately scaled and arrayed around the end of the handle, with trailing leaves and buds set along the length of the shank.

The pierced bowl has flange edges, a pointed tip, and retains most of an original pale gold... Click for details

Elliptical sterling picture frame by Dominick & Haff, New York
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Gebelein  
5286   $145.00


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Photo in this entry is of the back of the frame. The glass-covered window shows plaited hair (original to the frame and attached to a slice of shell), not of the tintype in the frame). Small ring at top of frame (to hang on a chain?). The picture in the frame is a tintype of an older woman, which says on its back "Mother's mother/my grandmother?/Found with mother's stuff". Height of body of frame 2-5/8". Height including ring 2-7/8". Width of frame 2-1/8". Weight of frame (all in) 2-1/4 troy... Click for details

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Miniature coffee and tea service, Mexican, marked STERLING and maker
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

Gebelein  
5285   $145.00


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Coffee pot, teaot, kettle-on-stand, sugar bowl creamer, tray marked STERLING and . . MENC (first part of mark rubbed). All pieces except creamer have lids with small turquoise finials (even though one lid didn't make it into the photo). No monogram. Overall condition excellent. Mark condition of STERLING very good, right end of maker's mark excellent, left end poor.

Sugar tongs by G.W.Striker, New York, circa 1830
Silver : Coin Silver

Gebelein  
5284   $75.00


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Shell grips, rounded fins. Length 6-3/4". Weight 1-2/3 troy ounces. The monogram at the bow is script? KC de S. Overall and mark condition are excellent. Medium tension.

Sugar tongs by Stebbins & Howe, New York, circa 1830's
Silver : Coin Silver

Gebelein  
5283  


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Shell grips, rounded fins. length 6-3/8". Weight 1 troy ounce. The monogram at the bow is a script JH. Overall and mark condition are excellent. Tension is medium.

Child's cup, unmarked, circa 1860. Repousse
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Gebelein  
5282   $295.00


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Double scroll handle. On ring base. Beading at top and bottom. Height to top of handle 4-1/4". Height to top of cup 4". Mouth diameter 3-3/8". Base diameter 2-5/16". The monogram in the reserve on the front of the cup is "Sarah Southmayd Allen/from her aunt/S.A.S." overall condition is excellent.

Pastry server by Potter Mellen, Cleveland, c. 1940
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5281   $360.00


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Blade turns up, undulating shape at top edge. Downturned fiddle handle. Blade and handle are separate (soldered). Length 9-1/2". Blade length 3-7/8". Blade width 3-1/2". Weight just under 4 troy ounces. The monogram is a script OMD lengthwise. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Six Alvin "Majestic" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Cocktail Forks
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2864f   $135.00


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These matching oyster, shrimp, or simply seafood, cocktail forks all measure 5 3/8" long, and weigh a bit over 3.5 T. oz. the lot.

They were made by Alvin, whose company emblem, "Sterling," and "Patent" appear on the backsides, in very fine, precise, raised lettering as it should be on original pieces..

The pattern is "Majestic," which is a multi-motif floral Art Nouveau line that in this instance portrays irises. It was introduced in 1900.

There is a single, large blossom set... Click for details

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161002-01   $95.00


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Offered is a superb example of the "Basket of Flowers" style of coin silver, in the form of a large pair of sugar tongs dating to around 1825-35. This pair of tongs measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs 46 grams. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece has a period script monogram of what appears to be "AH" and is marked on each arm by silversmith C.HASTINGS, who I haven't found anything about. Most of these tongs were marked by silversmiths or retailers... Click for details

Large Whiting "Armor" Sterling Silver Vegetable Serving Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2862f   $185.00


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Of a form that is decidedly exceptional, and to a grand scale, this fork measures 9 3/8" long and weighs 2.5 T. oz.

The pattern is "Armor," issued by Whiting Manufacturing Company in 1871. It incorporates acanthus leaf elements, an area of scaling that is perhaps intended to evoke chain mail, and other details that are Gothic Revival in style.

The serving end is what defines this likely vegetable fork, and it is commanding.

Measuring 4 1/8", it has five, 2 1/4" long, tines. It is... Click for details

Gorham "Empress" Sterling Silver Gold Bowl Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2858f   $95.00


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Issued in 1880, Gorham's "Empress" incorporates a number of design elements.

The lower portions of the handle where it joins the bowl suggest an Egyptian Revival influence, while other areas point toward Renaissance Revival inspiration. Lastly, the dense floral clusters employ similar imagery to Gorham's "Cluny" pattern that was designed by Antoine Heller who was highly regarded for his Classical motifs.

This particular piece stands apart for two reasons. One is the quite spectacular... Click for details

James Robinson, London, "Shell" Sterling Silver Meat Skewer
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2855f   $150.00


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A purveyor of antique jewelry and decorative artifacts, as well as reproduction English sterling silver, James Robinson is a prestigious New York City firm with a history dating to 1912.

Among those who pursue ultimate quality, Robinson has an outstanding reputation. Indeed, "Cigar Aficionado" magazine states in an article available online, "one can make a case that James Robinson's sterling flatware is the world's best crafted. The reason is simple: it's one of only two sources left... Click for details

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