Offered is an exceptional set of five American coin silver table spoons in the rare (for American silver this early) Regency pattern "Hourglass", with Union Shell heels. This pattern is very similar to the Kings and Queens or Rosette patterns, and is distinguished primarily by the hourglass device partway down the handle. These pieces, bearing the maker's mark of the Thibault family of silversmiths (Felix, Francis and Frederick, brothers, and possibly Francis Sr., the father), working in... Click for details
Offered is a nice early American coin silver birdback teaspoon by the short lived partnership of Philadelphia silversmiths Charles Moore and John Ferguson, working as Moore & Ferguson between 1801 and 1804. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is very good, with some surface wear and a few small dimples to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram within an engraved reserve.... Click for details
Offered is a good earlier French first standard (950 fine) silver table spoon hallmarked for Paris, 1819-1838 and bearing the maker's mark of Veuve Andrieu. Veuve means "widow" in French, and this mark was used from 1833 to 1835 by Marie-Louise Dutertre, widow of Jean-Baptiste Andrieu. Andrieu is listed in the 1821 almanac as successor to Pierre-Phillipe Rousseau, a master who began during the ancien regime. Andrieu died in 1833 and was in turn succeeded by his widow. This maker's mark is... Click for details
Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of Marshall & Smith, listed in the city directory for 1837 as jewelers. Little is known about this partnership, and it isn't even certain which Marshall was the partner. This teaspoon bears a worn but still legible (more so in person) maker's mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. The handle is graced with a shell. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs... Click for details
Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is... Click for details
Offered is a very fine and rare American coin silver serving piece in the Prince Albert pattern, marked by Cincinnati silversmiths Joseph P. Beggs and Harry R. Smith, working in partnership as Beggs & Smith from 1848 to 1861. The exact intended use of this slice-type server is not clear to me - it may have been a cake slice or a lifting server. I do not think it was a fish slice, though it could be used for a variety of purposes. This piece is about 10 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 82... Click for details
Offered is a very attractive and large American coin silver cake knife or similar server by New York silversmith Albert Coles; this piece is crested with an engraved period armorial of an arm grasping what appear to be wheat ears. This server is hallmarked with Coles' maker's mark and pseudo-hallmarks resembling Georgian English marks in a vague way. This server measures about 12 9/15 inches in length, and weighs 148 grams or so. The blade is finely engraved with a pastoral scene and the... Click for details
Offered is a very finely decorated American coin silver teaspoon by Cincinnati silversmith and jeweler Clemens Oskamp, and bearing his maker's mark. This spoon is nicely engraved M.McM and is in very good condition, with only modest wear and no major dents, and no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a fine piece of Cincinnati coin silver for display or daily use!
Offered is a fine and well-preserved American coin silver table fork by John Polhemus, in the Empire pattern, patented 1857. The fork bears Polhemus' manufacturer's marks, as well as the retailer's mark of Thomas C. Garrett of Philadelphia. This fork is in very good condition, with very little tine wear and minimal knife marks to the tines. This fork has a period engraved script monogram of "LM" which is finely done. All in all a lovely example!
Offered is a fine American coin silver toy or demitasse spoon (it measures 3 13/16 inches or so in length, and weighs 8 grams) bearing the mark of Ft. Wayne, Indiana silversmiths and jewelers Mayer & Graff. This firm seems to have been active in Fort Wayne from the 1860s on. This piece is in the twist handle style peculiar to parts of the Mid-West around the 1860s and 1870s. It has no monogram engraved. Condition overall is very good, though there is a little corrosion in the bottom of the... Click for details
Offered is a fine American coin silver christening or dessert fork bearing the mark of Columbus, Georgia jeweler and silversmith Samuel B. Purple, working alone in Columbus from about 1845-57. This fork is a pattern example and probably dates to the latter part of Purple's career; it is assumed Purple retailed rather than manufactured this piece. This fork has a good clear mark as well as a well-executed period script monogram. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about... Click for details
Offered is a lovely decorated (engine turned and engraved) coin silver spoon manufactured by Watts of Philadelphia and retailed by the jewelry firm of Bixler & Fox, working circa 1873-80. See below for more information on the firm. This spoon is nicely decorated and has a period engraved script monogram, as well as clear marks. The piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall, but I've taken a closeup picture of some scratching in the bowl. ... Click for details
Offered is a fine American coin silver condiment spoon or perhaps baby spoon in the fiddlethread or fiddle and thread pattern, circa 1850s by William Gale & Son. This piece measures about 4 3/16 inches in length, and weighs about 14 grams. It is well made and has a period engraved script monogram and a maker's mark for William Gale & Son. All in all a fine useful piece of early American coin silver!
Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife in the Medallion pattern variant manufactured by Hotchkiss & Schreuder - this piece bears their maker's mark as well as a scarce Midwestern retailer's mark for Janesville, Wisconsin jeweler James A. Webb, who established his store in that town in 1856. In 1865 his shop was at Lappin's Corner in Janesville. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 34 grams. Condition is fair, though there is quite a bit of... Click for details