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Important Fiddle and Shell Ladle by Charles Billon, Ca. 1800-22
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150308-01   Sold

Important Fiddle and Shell Ladle by Charles Billon, Ca. 1800-22
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Offered is an important and rare American coin silver gravy or sauce ladle by silversmith and watchmaker Charles Frederic Billon. This ladle, which measures about 7 1/2 inches in length and weighs 44 grams, is one of only a handful of extant pieces bearing Billon's maker's mark, and is the only fiddle and shell pattern piece to my knowledge. This ladle has a good legible maker's mark and is in good condition with moderate wear from normal use but no notable dents and no splits or repairs. ... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell "Olive" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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2393f   $185.00

Farrington & Hunnewell
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An intermediate size, less than a full length soup and significantly larger than a gravy, this 9 3/8" long, substantial weight at 3.2 T. oz., piece may be a not-so-commonly found oyster or bouillon ladle.

The pattern is "Olive," a popular mid 19th century design, which in this case made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell," whose "lion, F&H, bust" pseudo hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

It has a particularly appealing 2 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, scallop shell bowl.

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Bucholz & Zelt Hanau 800 Silver Cherub Orange Peeler
Silver

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2392dd   $65.00

Bucholz & Zelt Hanau 800 Silver Cherub Orange Peeler
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Stamped "B&Z," "800," and with a crown and crescent, this item is Hanau (a German region of silver manufacture) in origin and was retailed by the New York firm of Bucholz & Zelt, a known importer of such goods. It likely dates c. 1900.

It is a rare form orange peeler, and is solid silver rather than the part silver and part steel many such items are. It has the semi-circular disk end with a hook tip that characterize such pieces.

It measures 5 1/8" long and weighs just over .8 T. oz.,... Click for details

Delaware Coin Silver Dessert Spoon Ca. 1813-26
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20150307-01   Sold

Delaware Coin Silver Dessert Spoon Ca. 1813-26
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Offered is a fine early example of the work of well-known Wilmington, DE and later Philadelphia, PA silversmith and jeweler Henry J. Pepper. This piece bears one of Pepper's earlier marks (a relatively crude H*J*PEPPER), probably the one he began using at the same time as his H.I.PEPPER mark was still in use. The use of this early mark, the transitional squared shoulders on this piece, and the fact that it came from the same estate as some Hannah Robinson spoons, establish this dessert spoon... Click for details

Wallace "Waverly" Lengthy, Pierced Heel, Sterling Silver Cake Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2389dd   $70.00

Wallace
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Long and slender at 9", and weighing nearly 1.2 T. oz., this cake fork dates from the late 19th century.

The pattern is "Waverly" by Wallace. The scroll design derives from the same style impulses that Whiting embraced for its "Louis XV" and Gorham for its "Strasbourg" patterns.

The serving end has five delicate tines joined to a scalloped heel area that is pierced in a fleur-de-lis motif.

There is an embellished, Art Nouveau style "S" monogram.

It is in very fine estate... Click for details

Walking Liberty Half Dollar-- 1945 -Circulated
Silver : Coin Silver

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1287681   $7.25

Walking Liberty Half Dollar--  1945  -Circulated
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This is a Walking Liberty half dollar--1945--circulated. I cannot find the mint mark. The Philadelphia mint did not use a mint mark on Walking Liberty half dollars. So I assume this is a Philadelphia half dollar. Please look at both photos following this description and judge the coin for yourself. Although the picture is a little foggy.

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U.S--. Barber 1912 S Half Dollar Coin--Circulated-- " Good Plus"
Silver : Coin Silver

Lemon Tree Treasures  
1287668   $16.00

U.S--. Barber  1912  S  Half Dollar Coin--Circulated--
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1912 S Barber Half Dollar -- Mintage: 1,370,000, Content: 90% silver 10% copper, Edge: Reeded, Mint: San Francisco, CA, Designer: Charles E. Barber. Please see both enlargements of this coin following this description. You may have to grade it for yourself. I am not expert on grading coins at all. Someone graded this coin as "Good Plus" before we acquired it.

1912 S Barber U.S. Half Dollar Coin, Circulated, Very Nice Coin
Silver : Coin Silver

Lemon Tree Treasures  
1287666   $17.00

1912  S  Barber   U.S. Half Dollar Coin,  Circulated,  Very Nice Coin
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1912 S Barber Half Dollar -- Content: 90% silver 10% copper Edge: Reeded Mint: San Francisco, CA Designer: Charles E. Barber Please look at both enlargements following this description and judge the grade yourself. I am not an expert on grading coins. Someone graded this coin as very good before we bought it. Please look at our other coins and currency. Thank you.

Scarce Tiffany "Faneuil" Sterling Silver Petit Four Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2387dd   $145.00

Scarce Tiffany
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In his benchmark work "Tiffany Silver Flatware," William Hood notes, "To our knowledge, Tiffany is one of the few manufacturers who made a petits four server."

His reference may be specific to the fork style version as represented by this 5 7/8" long, just under 1.6 T. oz. version in "Faneuil." There are other examples of this form produced by other makers that have flat, pierced blade, serving ends.

A markedly clean pattern, Faneuil is essentially a pointed antique design with a slight... Click for details

Towle "Orchids" Engraved Bowl Sterling Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2386dd   $85.00

Towle
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A multi-motif floral design dating from 1887, Towle "Orchids" reflects Aesthetic influences in its dense, low relief, design.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, substantial weight at 1.7 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon.

It has a decorative bowl, with scalloped shoulders and a swirling design imprinted in part of the interior. It is also engraved in a flower and leaf motif that matches the overall pattern. The matte surface retains a light portion of its original pale gold finish.

It is... Click for details

Older, Heavy Gorham "Chantilly" Sterling Silver Baby Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2385f   $20.00

Older, Heavy Gorham
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Marked "Gorham" and "Sterling," this baby fork measures 4 3/8" long and weighs a robust .8 T. oz.

It has a likely date from the 1930s and is monogrammed "ETR" in script lettering.

It is in very good condition, free of polishing wear, with a bright finish, and showing straight, even tines.

Gorham "Plymouth" Large Sterling Silver Pierced Tomato Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2383dd   $65.00

Gorham
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The larger of two tomato servers that Gorham offered in its "Plymouth" line, this piece measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.8 T. oz.

The essentially round, 3" diameter, blade has scalloped and tiered edges and an intricately pierced surfaced.

An old, estate piece, the handle in inscribed with a fancy Old English "D" monogram.

It is in very fine condition. It shows no visible wear and has a bright finish. The blade is free of bends, nicks, or breaks in the reticulation. ... Click for details

Original Mt. Vernon "Yetiv" Sterling Silver Two Tine Cheese Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2382f   $85.00

Original Mt. Vernon
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Mount Vernon was a company that emerged from the merger of several other firms, including Mauser and Roger Williams Silver. Some patterns were native to the new company, and some came over from the predecessor operations, with the eventual list of offerings quite substantial.

This item is a rare form cheese fork in the company's "Yetiv" pattern. This is fully authentic, i.e. not made up from another piece.

It measures 5 1/2" long and weighs .7 T. oz. The serving end has two widened and... Click for details

Charming Tiffany Etched Bird Sterling Silver Baby Food Pusher
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2380f   $110.00

Charming Tiffany Etched Bird Sterling Silver Baby Food Pusher
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This rare food pusher made by Tiffany is a thoroughly charming piece with a theme that is fully consonant with its function as a baby item.

It is 4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., and has a 1 5/8" wide blade with a scalloped edge and top.

The handle has a tipt backside, while the front is etched in an oak leaf and acorn motif with a bird alighting on one of the branches. This is extensively detailed, with a subtly textured surface that appears to have hand chased finishing.

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Whiting "Pompadour" Sterling Silver Saratoga Chip Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2379dd   $385.00

Whiting
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Extravagantly large pieces, Saratoga chip servers are as novel as they are impressive.

This example is 8 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz. The immense bowl is 4" long by 3 1/2" at the widest, and is intricately pierced as is requisite for this form.

The pattern is "Pompadour," which resembles an embellished "Kings" design with a French flair. This has a delicate "ESP" script monogram on the handle front, while the backside is imprinted with the Whiting logo, "Sterling," and... Click for details

Large, Heavy, Early Whiting "King Edward" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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2378f   $65.00

Large, Heavy, Early Whiting
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An elaborate "Kings" design, Whiting's "King Edward" is a high relief, robust design.

This example is a pair of the larger size sugar tongs Whiting offered in this line. They measure 5 1/8" long and weighing nearly 1.6 T. oz. They have impressive claw grips and are monogrammed "JMF" on the arch.

The condition is mint. There is no visible wear and there is a gently used, bright finish. The arch is free of bends or cracks.

Marks are the Whiting lion emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat.... Click for details

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