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

Gebelein  
5281   $360.00

Pastry server by Potter Mellen, Cleveland, c. 1940
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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.

Frank Smith "Oak" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2870f   $60.00

Frank Smith
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A faithful representation that is finely rendered, Frank Smith's "Oak" pattern was introduced in 1912.

This example of the line is a medium sized, 4 3/4" long, moderately heavy at nearly 1.3 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

Naturalistic in their portraiture, the three leaves that adorn each leg of the tongs are nonetheless precisely arrayed within the overall design, with one on the bottom and two on the top, surrounding an open area with lined margins.

The leaves are offset with several... Click for details

Rare Washington, DC Coin Silver Spoon Ca. 1820-30 by William Wood
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161009-01   Sold

Rare Washington, DC Coin Silver Spoon Ca. 1820-30 by William Wood
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Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known Washington, DC silversmith and watchmaker William Wood. According to his obituary, available at the Congressional Cemetery site, Mr. Wood was born in Kent county Delaware and has lived in this Washington, DC for upwards of 40 years. He died on October 17, 1842, aged 58 or 59. It appears Mr. Wood would have apprenticed in Delaware if he moved to Washington, DC at the age of around 18 or 19. Mr. Wood is buried in the... Click for details

Gorham Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Oval Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

Old Friends  
2869f   On Hold

Gorham Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Oval Bowl
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Made in 1896 according to the date stamp imprinted on its underside, this 11 1/4" long by 5 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" at the highest, 8.7 T. oz., open bowl is an early example of the Art Nouveau style.

Made by Gorham, it features both wild and cultivated rose blossoms interspersed with trailing scroll and leaf forms, with these latter elements reminiscent of the company's "Chantilly" pattern dating from the same period.

A size and proportion that suggests a bread bowl, this form in its time... Click for details

Southern Coin Silver Spoon - KY Silversmith Samuel Wherritt w/Eagle Mk
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161008-03   Sold

Southern Coin Silver Spoon - KY Silversmith Samuel Wherritt w/Eagle Mk
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Offered is a very fine example of the work of Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biographical information appears below. This teaspoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and a well-struck, clear maker's mark for Wherritt, along with a lovely eagle hallmark he used on some of his pieces. Condition of this piece is only fair, with a fair amount of denting in the bowl and some ripples in the handle. ... Click for details

Good Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Wherritt of Kentucky
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161008-02   $45.00

Good Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Wherritt of Kentucky
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Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Richmond, Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biography appears below. This teaspoon is graced with a period engraved monogram and a clear, well-struck maker's mark. Condition is not very good due to the extremely dented bowl - perhaps the work of a child with the personality traits of King Kong. However, there appear to be no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details

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Crested George III English Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter Ca. 1814-15
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161008-01   $45.00

Crested George III English Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter Ca. 1814-15
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Offered is a very good Georgian sterling silver ladle, specifically a sugar sifter, by the noted London firm of Eley, Fearn & Chawner. This piece is fully hallmarked for London, 1814-15, and bears a rubbed but legible maker's mark. The hand piercing on the ladle is very well done and there are no breaks. This piece is engraved with an interesting armorial of an elephant's head, couped, with the elephant's trunk grasping a small creature or object, perhaps an Irish harp or something similar. ... Click for details

L. Heck, Lancaster, PA, 18th Century Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Old Friends  
2866f   $46.00

L. Heck, Lancaster, PA, 18th Century Coin Silver Tablespoon
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This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz., table or place spoon is marked "L. Heck" for Lewis or Ludwig. The volume "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania" by Vivian Gerstell lists his dates as 1755-1817, first showing up in tax records in 1778.

Gerstell also notes that he "held various positions in the community," indicating he was a person of standing and good reputation, and she illustrates both hollow and flatware made by him.

This piece dates late eighteenth century. It is a "Pointed... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Shell Bowl Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Old Friends  
2865f   $145.00

Gorham
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Classified as an Egyptian Revival design in a "Silver Magazine" article some years ago, "Ivy" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. Dating from 1865, it stands alongside "Lotus," "Grecian," and "Lily" aka "No. 88," as an emblematic design in the company stable of the period.

This 8 11/16" long, 2.0 T. oz., likely berry serving spoon, is an early example in the line, marked with the firm's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Gorham Mfg. Co," which saw time-bound use. It is also stamped "Patent... Click for details

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

Old Friends  
2864f   $150.00

Six Alvin
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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

Tifft & Whiting Engine Turned Paneled "Pure Coin Silver" Mug
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Old Friends  
2863f   $225.00

Tifft & Whiting Engine Turned Paneled
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The Whiting Manufacturing Company, which eventually became one of the premier American silver manufacturers of the 19th century, had its origins in North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1840 as "Tifft & Whiting," and operated under that name until 1853.

This 3 3/16" tall to the rim, 3 5/8" to the top of the handle, 2 11/16" top diameter, 3.2 T. oz., mug traces to that early firm. It bears the company imprint on the underside, which is a "rooster, T&W, and raised arm holding hammer" emblem,... Click for details

Rare Decorated Late 18th Century Teaspoon by Matthias Lamar of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161002-04   Sold

Rare Decorated Late 18th Century Teaspoon by Matthias Lamar of Phila.
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Offered is a rare early American coin silver teaspoon by late 18th and early 19th Century Philadelphia silversmith Matthias Lamar (or Lemaire), circa 1790-1800, and bearing his full name maker's mark. Mr. Lamar was working in Philadelphia by the early 1780s and died in 1809. His work is uncommon and the full name mark more so. The mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan - a must have for those who appreciate antique silver! This nicely engraved... Click for details

Lovely Decorated Coffin-End Teaspoon from Newport, Rhode Island c1800
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161002-03   Sold

Lovely Decorated Coffin-End Teaspoon from Newport, Rhode Island c1800
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Offered is a very fine early American coin silver tea spoon by Newport, Rhode Island silversmith John Allen Shaw, circa 1800. Mr. Shaw was born in Newport in 1775, and died in North Carolina in 1837. Although Shaw invested heavily in the ship cargoes associated with the West Indies trade, and suffered terrible reversals in the War of 1812, he stayed in Newport until around 1827, when he relocated to Tyrell/Currituck County, NC. At some point thereafter, he entered business there, not as a... Click for details

Lovely Bright Cut and Engraved Teaspoon Ca. 1795 by John McMullin
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20161002-02   Sold

Lovely Bright Cut and Engraved Teaspoon Ca. 1795 by John McMullin
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Offered is a superbly decorated early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1795 by noted Philadelphia silversmith John McMullin. This piece has a period script monogram and one of McMullin's earlier maker's marks. This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. It is in very good condition, with little if any surface wear, no dents aside from some very minor, almost invisible shallow dimples in the bowl, and no splits or repairs. All in all an excellent piece of... 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   $120.00

Exquisite Coin Silver Basket of Flowers Pattern Sugar Tongs c. 1825-35
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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

Old Friends  
2862f   $265.00

Large Whiting
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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

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