Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size.
It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.
The pattern is a "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on the front and back sides of the handle.
Offered is a very good and scarce Philadelphia coin silver spoon bearing the mark of Seelig Mindil, who was likely a merchant and retailer rather than a trained silversmith. The mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Hollan. It is the only example of Mindil's mark I have come across. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a period engraved script monogram and a clear, well-struck maker's mark. Condition is good... Click for details
Offered is a nice example of American coin silver bearing the maker's mark of little-known Baltimore silversmith Charles H. Pepar, who was advertising in the Baltimore Sun in the 1840s. The book "Silver in Maryland" describes his birthdate as about 1812, and notes he was working at least from 1845. The fineness mark of 10.15 on these would not have been seen after about 1860, and the style of these spoons is consistent with the 1840-60 period. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark and a period... Click for details
Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver teaspoons by Pottsville, Pennsylvania coin silver jeweler and watchmaker Robert C. Green, whose biographical information appears below. Green's mark is quite uncommon, and these teaspoons each have a clear, well-struck maker's mark, and a pseudo-hallmark or journeyman's mark in the form of a leaf. Each piece also has a period engraved script monogram. These spoons each measure about 5 3/4 inches in length, and the pair weighs a total of... Click for details
Offered is a good 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler George H. McCully, working circa 1828-61. This piece is engraved with a period script monogram and has a clear, well-struck maker's mark. It is about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minor wear and signs of normal use; there are no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of an uncommon maker's mark!
Offered is a great and scarce American coin silver spoon from Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA. This piece bears the mark of the partnership of Bentley & Read, successors to Bentley & Mitchell, who were in turn successors to Asa Hartshorn. Little has been documented about Bentley & Read, but they were active in the 1850s as a fire started in or near their shop in 1854. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest tip... Click for details
Offered is a very good American coin silver table spoon by Wilmington silversmith James Guthre (1796-1877), who was working by about 1820 and continued to work for a fairly long period of time. Guthre was fairly prolific and this tablespoon is a good example of his work. It bears a clear strike of his maker's mark and a well-executed period engraved script monogram of JPJ. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 58 grams. Condition overall is good, with a very... Click for details
Offered is a rare example of the work of Frankford (in NE Philadelphia) clock and watch maker and silversmith Samuel Huckel (b. 1798 - d. 1883). This teaspoon by style should date to the early part of Huckel's career, circa 1818-30. His silver flatware is very hard to find, and the mark on this spoon was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a good clear maker's mark and features... Click for details
Offered is a good pair of earlier Chicago coin silver spoons, bearing the mark of Samuel Hoard & Co., in business at 117 Lake St. from about 1850 to 1854. Chicago silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers are not widely documented, and it is always a treat to find silver bearing their marks. These teaspoons also each have a period engraved script monogram. They measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and the pair weighs a total of about 28 grams. Condition overall is good, with modest... Click for details
Offered is a nice Dover coin silver teaspoon by silversmith George Gray, who was born around 1800 and worked in Dover from the 1820s until at least 1860. He was listed as retired in 1870 and died around 1875. This spoon bears one of several maker's marks known for him, in this case his initials in a serrated rectangular punch. This spoon measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. It has an engraved period script monogram and the maker's mark is clear and legible. ... Click for details
Offered is a good American coin silver pair of master salt spoons by well-known silversmith Conrad Bard and his son E. Milford Bard, working in partnership circa 1849-59. These spoons measure about 3 3/4 inches in length on average and weigh a total of about 16 grams. Each spoon has a period engraved script monogram of EML and a well-struck maker's mark. Condition on these spoons is very good, with minor surface wear and signs of use but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine and... Click for details
Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon by New Jersey watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Henry B. James, whose biographical information appears below. This teaspoon measures 6 3/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It has a nicely executed period script engraved monogram, and a rubbed but legible maker's mark. Condition overall is good, with some surface wear and signs of use and shallow dings to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. This spoon would almost certainly date to... Click for details
Offered is a scarce American coin silver fiddle pattern table fork by Philadelphia silversmith Peter G. Perdriaux, working circa 1850s. Perdriaux was born circa 1830 and died circa 1865, cutting short a promising career as a manufacturer. This fork is of typically good quality, measuring about 7 1/8 inches in length and weighing approximately 50 grams. It is engraved with a period script monogram, and below that is engraved (probably slightly later, but within the same generation) "USA". ... Click for details
Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by itinerant Maryland and Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Emanuel (or Emmanuel) Holsey (ca. 1798 - 1849), who apprenticed to Henry Biershing in Hagerstown, MD around 1815 and who was working on his own in Williamsport, MD circa 1820-21, Hagerstown circa 1821-23, Chambersburg, PA circa 1823-39, and perhaps in Union County, PA circa 1839-49, where he died. Holsey's silver is graced with his relatively crude maker's mark and a great eagle... Click for details
Offered is a very rare and fairly early example of Chicago coin silver from the 1840s or 1850s, by Chicago silversmith Isaac Spear (also spelled Speer). Mr. Spear's information appears below the item description. This piece has a lightly engraved period script monogram and a good clear maker's mark. The CHICAGO city mark is scarce and difficult to find. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is good overall, with some slight dimples in the bowl... Click for details
Nine with very crisp sheaf-of-wheat motifs on handles and a shell on the back of the bowls, two spoons plain but with same monogram plus drops. Fiddle,tipt, rounded chamfered fins. Length of 9 sheaf-of wheat spoons is 5-7/8", of 2 plain spoons 6". Nine sheaf-of wheat spoons are marked with lion right and G in a circle (see McGrew p.30) The two plain spoons are marked with an eagle right and C in a circle (see McGrew p.86 and Hollan [eagle book] p.79). The weight is about 6 dwt.each. All eleven... Click for details