Offered is a large early American coin silver tablespoon marked ERNST in a rectangular punch; the monogram and style of the punch indicate this piece is definitely American, as does the style of the spoon itself. John Frederick Ernst, Jr. worked in Cooperstown from circa 1808 to his death in 1830, and though the Darling Foundation's book on New York silversmiths does not have a picture of a mark for him, he is the best fit to have made this piece by style. However, if you have a better... Click for details
Offered is a very rare example of the work of the short-lived partnership of William and Daniel L. Bixler, sons of famous Easton, PA clockmaker and silversmith Christian Bixler, III. Christian Bixler III established the family business in Easton around 1785, and Bixler's became the longest-running family business, at least in the jewelry line, in America, closing just a couple of years ago. When Christian Bixler III died in 1840, his sons William Bixler and Daniel L. Bixler operated in... Click for details
Offered is a fine and scarce example of the work and mark of silversmith and watchmaker Eli Holden of Philadelphia, whose maker's mark is rarely if ever seen. The set of spoons offered here were used to provide the mark for Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths" and I've not seen another example. These spoons measure about 5 1/2 inches in length on average, and the set weighs about 82 grams altogether. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark and bears an engraved period script monogram. ... Click for details
Offered is a good American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Charles Piquette, silversmith and gold pen manufacturer of Detroit. Charles is one of two sons of Jean-Baptiste Piquette, silversmith of Montreal, who came to Detroit circa 1803. Charles and his brother, John B. Piquette, were trained by their father in the silversmith's profession, but it is more likely this spoon was manufactured by someone else and retailed by Charles Piquette, as his focus seems to have been on the... Click for details
Offered is a fine early American coin silver table spoon made by Philadelphia silversmiths Samuel Hildeburn and James Watson, working in partnership as Hildeburn & Watson from about 1829 to about 1834. This tablespoon bears a good clear maker's mark and is also engraved with the name of the owner(s), "Tams". This piece was very likely owned by either Sampson Tams or Williams Tams - these men were brothers, and were some of the wealthiest men in the city in the 1830s and 1840s. The source of... Click for details
Offered is a good American coin silver fiddle pattern teaspoon by the well known firm of Robert & William Wilson of Philadelphia. Surprisingly little is known about this firm, despite its prominence and the great numbers of spoons and other pieces that survive bearing one of the firm's marks. This piece measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minimal surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice piece for a... Click for details
Offered (available singly or as a group) is a set of three American coin silver teaspoons bearing the maker's mark of James Cook Hanna of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Biographical information on Mr. Hanna appears below. These spoons measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and weigh a total of 56 grams as a group. Condition is very good, with light wear and a few small dimples but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine group from a scarce small-town maker!
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Offered is a fine American coin silver table spoon by New York silversmith Eben Whitney (biographical information can be found below). This piece measures about 8 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 52 grams. It is in good condition overall, with modest wear from normal use, but no dents, splits or repairs. This piece is graced with a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and the maker's mark is crisp and clear. All in all a fine piece by a New York/Connecticut silversmith! ... Click for details
Offered is a very good and large early American coin silver table spoon bearing a period engraved script monogram and a maker's mark of A.G.PECK. Little is known about the silversmith behind this mark, although an A. G. Peck was listed by Knittle as working in Ashtabula, Ohio circa 1823. Such a date would certainly fit this piece, which could have been made in Ohio based on style. It should also be noted that an Asahel G. Peck, silversmith and jeweler, born about 1820 and died around 1904,... Click for details
Offered is a fine and scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Johnston & Boullt, a partnership between William Johnston and Thomas A. Boullt in Hagerstown, Maryland lasting from 1846 to 1851. William Johnston was a watch and clock maker and dentist working in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Virginia before his time in Hagerstown; Thomas Boullt enjoyed a long and successful career in Hagerstown. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It bears a good... Click for details
Offered is an early silver teaspoon made by Wood & Hughes and retailed by Evansville, IN jeweler G.A. Bittrolff & Co., circa 1860-67. Mr. Bittrolff's biographical information appears below. This spoon was made during the transition from coin silver to the sterling standard. It measures about 6 inches in length, and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is fair, with some dings to the bowl and a slight wave in the handle. The marks are clear and legible. All in all a nice Indiana piece!
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Offered is a very fine and rare early Paris, Ohio coin silver teaspoon by the short-lived partnership of McNeely & Estep, working circa 1814. See my other listings for a pair of teaspoons from this same set. This listing is for the third and last teaspoon. This spoon is very fine indeed, with lovely proportions and only moderate wear. It is graced with a good clear maker's mark and engraved with period script initials for the original owner (given Paris was a very small village in 1814, it... Click for details
A fine American coin silver teaspoon by prolific Lancaster, Pennsylvania jewelers, watchmakers and silversmiths Michael Zahm and John W. Jackson, working in partnership as Zahm & Jackson from about 1845 on. This spoon is in excellent condition, with little surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. This spoon features a legible maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine piece of... Click for details
Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler Rene L. Gravelle, working primarily circa 1815-30. Gravelle's work is always sought after. This teaspoon bears a period script monogram and a clear maker's mark. It measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is good aside from some dimples to the bowl; there are no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of American coin silver!
Offered is a great, early American coin silver teaspoon from the little-known shop of David Laverack, working in Paterson, NJ circa 1850-65. A watch paper from Laverack's shop in the collection of the American Antiquarian Society. Laverack is also listed in Kirkbride's New Jersey Business Directory for 1850. This piece measures about 6 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is fair, with some wear and dings, but no splits or repairs. There is a small notch from... Click for details