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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

Gorham Long Twist Handle Coin Silver Pickle Caster Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3612f   $110.00


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An early item in the history of Gorham patterned ware, dating circa 1860, these tongs measure a full 10 1/2" long and weigh 1.5 T. oz.

For pickles (or suitable for olives as well), they have thin, twisted arms with small, three-tine, cupped grips that retain traces of an original gold wash, and were designed to reach deep into a caster.

The upper areas just below the crimped (for strength) arch, are broad and notched in a design that echoes Gorham's "Imperial" pattern of this time frame,... 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.

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S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Serving Spoon with Shell Bowl
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3584f   $46.00


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This mid 19th century, coin silver berry or serving spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.

There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.

It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia manufacturer and retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his Manufacturers'... Click for details

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Boynton & Woodford, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3580f   $38.00


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A long item for its form at 6 1/2", and heavier feeling than its .9 T. oz. actual weight, this coin silver cream or sauce ladle traces to the second quarter of the 19th century. It is marked "Boynton & Woodford for the Boston retail partnership with dates 1837-54.

The "Tipt" end pattern places it toward the earlier end of those years. A graceful piece, the handle is arced with an upturned terminus. The plain, well-formed, bowl is ovoid at 1 7/8" by 1 1/2" by 7 1/16" deep. "

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Gorham "Josephine" Unusual Form Coin Silver Ladle or Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3577f   On Hold


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This 7 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., item is proportioned like a ladle, with a long handle, yet the handle is also set at near right angle to the 2" diameter, 5/8" deep, shell form bowl, more in the manner of a spoon.

An early Gorham pattern, "Josephine," patented in 1855, and made in coin silver (later production was in sterling), and so stamped on the reverse along with the name of the retailer, Boston's "Bigelow Bros & Kennard," it would seem to have had a specialized purpose.

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Stebbins & Howe "Basket of Flowers" Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3576f   $85.00


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This large, 9 1/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., table or serving spoon was produced by Edwin Stebbins & George C. Howe, working 1827-31 in New York City. Well regarded silversmiths, each man subsequently operated independently.

The rounded end, arched handle, features a representation of a "Basket of Flowers." This motif, along with "Sheaf of Wheat," were popular design embellishments in a period when coin silver was largely plain.

It also has a "Shell Back" drop on the heel and is... Click for details

Durgin "Spray" Pure Coin Silver Engraved Blade Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3565f   $130.00


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One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange... Click for details

Bigelow, Kennard "Oval Thread" c. 1870 Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3532f   $135.00


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Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a... Click for details

TB & Co. "Kings," Newark, NJ, Heavy Coin Table Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3506f   $85.00


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Impressively heavy, indeed massive, this 8 5/8" long table or serving spoon weighs just over 3.1 T. oz.

It is a double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, coin silver, "Kings" design, with the name "M. Higbie" inscribed on the front in cursive lettering, and a shell design on the backside heel of the bowl.

Stamped "T.B & Co." and with a three part, "bust-lion-D" hallmark, it appears to trace to Taylor & Baldwin of Newark, New Jersey, with a late 1830s date... Click for details

N. Harding "Grape" Pure Coin Mid 19th C. Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3502f   $215.00


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A form dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is likely an early ice cream or pudding spoon.

Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.

It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.

The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company.

The bowl exhibits extraordinary refinement in its intricately... Click for details

Tenney, NYC, "Fiddle Thread" Crested Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3499f   $40.00


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A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

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Samuel Hildeburn, Philadelphia, Early 19th C. Coin Siver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3498f   $42.00


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Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways... Click for details

James Butler, Philadelphia, "Leaf" Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3435f   $65.00


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Identified in Catherine Hollan's work Philadelphia Silversmiths as a member of "the extended Butler-Peters-McCarthy families from New London, CT," James Butler established himself in Philadephia and became closely associated with that city's James Watts with whom he was actually in active partnership as Watts & Butler for one year, 1867.

Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by... Click for details

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