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Gould, Stowell & Ward, Baltimore, "Grape" 11-12 Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3711f   $165.00


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Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background... Click for details

Pair R.&W. Wilson, Philadelphia, "Tipt" End Coin Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3698f   $34.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge... Click for details

Perry O. Daniel (O'Daniel), Phila., "Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon x 2
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3685f   $28.00


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Measuring 8 1/4" long and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz., this would have been an individual place spoon in its circa 1840 period, but is equivalent size to today's tablespoon.

A "Tipt" or "Fiddle Tipt" pattern, it is marked "Perry O. Daniel" and "Standard," which is a regional term for coin silver.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies the maker as Oliver Perry O'Daniel, born in Wilmington, Delaware, and working in Philadelphia 1836-52.

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Very Rare Coin Silver Claret Ladle by Wood & Hughes, Circa 1845-75
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181028-02   $175.00


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Offered is a very scarce American coin silver claret ladle by the well-known firm of Wood & Hughes; this piece appears to date to the firm's coin silver period, between about 1845 and 1875. This piece measures about 9 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 25 grams. It is marked with the firm's maker's mark on the flat section in the middle of the handle. The bowl of the ladle is pierced, and the purpose for this was to allow the user to pick up the fruit in a wine or claret punch, without... Click for details

Koehler & Ritter "Alameda" aka "Ivy" Two Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3662f   $120.00


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Made by and marked for San Francisco's Koehler & Ritter, this coin silver serving spoon measures a lengthy 9" overall and has a generously proportioned, 3 3/4" by 2 1/2", plum-shaped bowl. It weighs approximately 2.3 T. oz.

The pattern is "Alameda" aka "Ivy." It strongly resembles Gorham's "Corinthian" of the same c. 1870 date, but with the addition of a spray of raised ivy leaves and berries set against a stippled ground.

The bowl has a central rib and a fluted or pie crust border. ... Click for details

George Sharp "Emperor" Unusual Coin Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3659f   $105.00


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Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this fork has rounded shoulders and three wide and lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed.

The form is uncommon and hence of uncertain function. It may be a spinach or toast/bread fork, or for another purpose yet. The proportions assure it is definitely original and not adapted from another piece as, for example, most potato forks are derived from dinner forks.

The maker was George Sharp, Philadelphia, as indicated by his "lion, S,... Click for details

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Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Jabez Gorham & Son, Providence, RI
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181016-03   $15.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver master salt spoon by Jabez Gorham and son John Gorham of Providence, Rhode Island, working in partnership between 1841 and 1850. Their maker's mark (one of several used by the partnership) is "J.G. & Son." in a banner. The maker's mark on this piece is well-struck and well preserved. This piece is also engraved with the family name of the original owner(s). It measures about 3 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 5 grams. Condition is fair, with some... Click for details

Albert Coles "Bead" Coin Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3652f   $30.00


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At 8 1/4" long, and relatively weighty at 1.9 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece in its circa 1865 period, but is today's tablespoon size.

Made by Albert Coles of New York City, it bears his three part "eagle, AC, bust" mark on the reverse, along with "A. Coles," which added identifier is not frequently found.

There is a feathered script "W" monogram on the handle front.

It is in choice condition, retaining excellent pattern detail, and having a well-shaped bowl... Click for details

R&W Wilson "King" Flat Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3647f   $46.00


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Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.

The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set midway on... Click for details

Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, Interesting Marks of F.FRANKS&CO. and DOLLARS
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181008-09   $25.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver sauce ladle by F. Franks & Co., and also marked DOLLARS in reference to the standard of silver used. This piece has a somewhat worn period engraved script monogram, and a legible maker's mark. The mark denoting fineness is very well struck. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. Condition is very good overall, with moderate surface wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice small serving piece in coin... Click for details

R&W Wilson Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3642f   $38.00


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Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled... Click for details

Wm. Faber, Philadelphia, c. 1865 "Emperor" Coin Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3641f   $42.00


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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &... Click for details

Wm. Gale & Son "French Thread" Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3625f   $135.00


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Measuring 9 1/2" overall, this fish server has a filled coin silver handle joined to a solid coin silver, four tine fork. It weighs 3.8 T. oz., which includes the inner content of the handle.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Thread."

The shank, which is stamped in two places "W.G & S" for William Gale & Son, New York City, 1850-66 various years, is four sided and attaches to an open heel area with pointed shoulders.

All surfaces of the serving end are extensively and attractively... Click for details

Scarce Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Baldwin & Cowles, Elyria, OH 1834-39
Silver : Coin Silver

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20180914-01   $35.00


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Offered is a rare example of American coin silver made in Elyria, Ohio (a town somewhat west of Cleveland, near Lake Erie) - by the partnership of Seymour W. Baldwin and Orrin Cowles, working in partnership in Elyria between 1834 and 1839. This pair of sugar tongs measures about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 35 grams. The maker's mark of BALDWIN&COWLES in a rectangular punch is rubbed but quite legible. To see the maker's mark, click on the picture and scroll through the picture... Click for details

Hotchkiss & Schreuder "Medallion" Sterling Silver Tablespoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3603f   $85.00


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Now thirty years past publication, D. Albert Soeffing's Silver Medallion Flatware remains the only single definitive volume addressing this line of classically inspired flatware designs that so called to American silver manufacturers in the 1860s.

Soeffing offered some groundbreaking insights into the history of many previously undocumented pieces, and actually offers a whole essay about his research into the attribution of the "Medallion" pattern on this 8 9/16" long, 1.7 T. oz.,... Click for details

C.F. Greenwood, Norfolk VA, Twist & Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spn
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3600f   $110.00


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This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

These dates are... Click for details

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