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Rare Tablespoon by McCollin & Hemphill of Philadelphia, Circa 1834
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20170529-01   Sold


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Offered is a very good early American coin silver table spoon by the very short-lived and little-documented partnership of McCollin & Hemphill, who appeared in only one city directory, that for 1834. The partners were most likely Thomas McCollin and Thomas J. Hemphill. Until this spoon was found, no mark had been documented for this partnership; perhaps a new edition of "Philadelphia Silversmiths" will include this mark. This spoon is nicely made with a good period engraved script monogram... Click for details

Joseph Seymour "Duchess" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3118f   $135.00


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Syracuse, New York, was a major silver manufacturing center in the mid to late 19th century. Joseph Seymour, the maker of this 8 1/4" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon, was one of the most prominent names among that city's firms, with a history that began in 1846, terminating in 1905.

An innovative producer, Dorthy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers" notes that he received a patent for making spoons in 1859, and further that, "the company was one of the first to... Click for details

William Comyns & Sons, London, 1895, Sterling Double Picture Frame
Silver : Sterling : Smalls

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3117f   $165.00


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Asymmetrical, this picture frame measure 4 5/8" at the widest and 3" at the tallest. The silver only portion, without the glass or backing, weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz.

The piece is cast open work, rococo in style, and fully marked for sterling, William Comyns, London, 1895-96.

The design is intricate and incorporates a variety of figures and leaf and floral elements surrounding two roughly heart shaped, 1 1/2" by 1 1/4", areas for pictures.

A pair of cherubs flank a shield on... Click for details

Gorham Old "Medici" Sterling Silver Large Carving Knife and Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3115f   $150.00


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This two piece set is large, with the knife measuring 14" long and the fork 10 7/8", and often referred to as banquet size. The sterling silver handle on the knife is 5" and the one on the fork, 4 3/4".

The pattern is Gorham's old "Medici," which is an elaborate design that features Renaissance period figures, including a woman carrying a bundle of fruit in her skirt, as well as satyr and gryphon images

These are particularly early examples, marked "lion, anchor, G," "Sterling," and... Click for details

Towle "Georgian" Sterling Silver Small Cold Meat Fork, Old
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3113f   $100.00


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One of Towle's most enduringly popular patterns, "Georgian" remained in production for decades subsequent to its introduction in the late 19th century.

This 7 5/8" long, heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., cold meat fork is an early example of the line marked "925/1000," with the Towle "standing lion in a T" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1898," and the name of the retailer, "Bruce & Chapin," of Worcester, Massachusetts.

It has four tines, one of which has a beveled edge; the basket of flowers and... Click for details

Gorham "Ivy" Sterling Silver Five O'Clock Spoon, One of Three
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3112f   $18.00


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Classified as Egyptian Revival in style 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 one of the most well-received designs of the period.

This example is a 5 3/16" long, just under .5 T. oz., five o'clock coffee spoon.

This is a particularly elegant item, with a relatively large bowl that is finished in a bright gold wash front and back sides.

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Peter Krider, Philadelphia, "Kings" Sterling Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3111f   $75.00


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Marked only "Sterling," this circa 1865 "Kings" pattern is readily identified. Among other features, it incorporates a rosette in the design, which was a detail particular to Philadelphia's Peter L. Krider, later Krider & Biddle.

This attribution is further reinforced by the somewhat eggplant-shaped bowl with raised central ribbing on this 8 1/2" long, approximately 1.8 T. oz., berry or serving spoon. This is a form singular to Krider.

The interior of the bowl has a matte gold... Click for details

Tiffany "Persian" Sterling Silver Creamer & Sugar Dated 1884
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3110f   $395.00


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A matched pair, this sugar and creamer were a 25th anniversary gift, as indicated by the "ABF to MFCC 1859-1884" inscribed on the sidewall of each piece.

Made by Tiffany, they are hollowware accompaniments to the company's 1872 "Persian" flatware line. The Moorish pattern is replicated on the two handles of the bowl and the single handle of the creamer, with a modification of the design appearing on the banding that encircles both the top and bottom of each piece.

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George Smith III Fish Crest Sterling Silver Tongs London 1700s
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3108f   $90.00


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This pair of sugar tongs measure 5 1/16" long and are exceptionally weighty at approximately 1.7 T. oz.

They are marked on the inside of each arm "GS" for George Smith III, working in London the last quarter of the 18th century.

They are finely made and in choice condition.

Each arm is bright cut in a diamond pattern with wriggle work trim. This extends around the margins of the round cup grips and the broad, concave arch.

The arch has a novel crest illustrating the tail of a... Click for details

Robbins, Clark & Biddle Bright Cut Sterling Silver Ice Cream Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3106f   $165.00


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This substantial-sized, 9 1/2" long, just under 2.6 T. oz., piece bespeaks its 19th century Philadelphia origins.

It is stamped "Sterling" and "Robbins, Clark & Biddle" on the reverse. According to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths," this firm was operating by 1876, which is the approximate date of this piece. Samuel Biddle left the company in 1878 to form Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

An ice cream server, it has a large, concave, blade. There are two round bottom vees with... Click for details

Serving spoon by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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5336   $175.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length 12-3/4" Bowl length 4', width 2". Weight 4.5 troy oz. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Serving fork by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid 20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5335   $150.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length 10". Weight 3-1/4 troy oz. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Serving fork by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5334   $165.00


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Pointed end. Also marked HANDMADE. Length 12-3/4". Weight 4.6 troy oz. No monogram. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Serving spoon by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5333   $165.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length 10-1/4". Bowl length 4", width 3-1/4". Weight 3.75 troy oz. The monogram is an applied B. Overall condition is very good (slight denting in bowl). Mark condition is excellent.

Salad serving set by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA; mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5332   $275.00


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Pointed end. Length of fork 10-1/4", of spoon 10-1/8". Weight 8.15 troy oz. The monogram is an applied L. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

Salad serving set by Porter Blanchard; Burbank, CA, mid-20th C.
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

Gebelein  
5331   $290.00


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Fiddle, rounded fins. His Fiddle pattern. Length of fork 10-1/2", of spoon 10-1/2". Weight 9 troy oz. The monogram is a script J. Overall and mark condition are excellent.

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