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Durgin "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
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2969f   $24.00

Durgin
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Tracing to the modest, mid 19th century, beginnings of a firm that came to produce some of the most striking designs, "New Art" as an example, in the history of American silver manufacturing, this coin silver sugar spoon was made by "Wm. B. Durgin," whose name is imprinted on the backside.

It measures 6" long and weighs just over .6 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern with a scallop shell bowl.

The handle is engraved "Della" in script.

Essentially a rarity because of its age and... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Pudding Serving Spoon 1860s
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2965f   $125.00

Gorham
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Measuring 9" long and weighing just under 2.5 T. oz., this item has a large, ovoid bowl that measures 3 3/8" by 2 9/16". It has a flange rim with notched shoulders, pointed tip, and, while similar to a berry, the relatively shallow depth suggests it was likely was a much less common pudding serving spoon.

An early, coin silver, example of Gorham's "Grecian," this piece is marked "Patent 1861," with the company "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and "Shreve, Stanwood & Co.," which was a predecessor... Click for details

Bigelow Bros. & Kennard "Tipt" 1859 Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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2960f   $38.00

Bigelow Bros. & Kennard
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Having a broad "Tipt" end, a narrow shank, and a shell bowl with a double scalloped rim, this piece traces to mid 19th century Boston.

A preserve or jelly spoon, it measures 7" long and at 1.1 T. oz. is slightly weightier than most instances of this sort.

A clean item, it is entirely unadorned save for a script "1859" engraved on the backside, which is also stamped with the name of the retailer, "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard."

An assuming piece, it nonetheless possesses simple appeal and... Click for details

J.E. Caldwell Engraved Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
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2958f   $265.00

J.E. Caldwell Engraved Coin Silver Fish Serving Fork
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Dating from the middle of the 19th century, this item is thoroughly a period piece as well as emblematic of work from Philadelphia where it was made.

It is an 8 7/8" long, 3.0 T. oz., fish serving fork. It is distinct from later and more common examples of this form by virtue of its multitude of tines, namely eight. Indeed, it resembles a sardine fork, only in much larger scale.

It is stamped "Coin" and "J.E. Caldwell," who made have been the manufacturer but likely was simply the... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver Turned Handle Spreader, William H. Gage of Quincy, IL
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20161231-04   $39.50

Fine Coin Silver Turned Handle Spreader, William H. Gage of Quincy, IL
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Offered is a very good and scarce example of an American coin silver turned handle butter knife or spreader, bearing the maker's or retailer's mark of William H. Gage, working in Quincy, Illinois in the 1860s and 1870s. This pieces measures about 7 inches in length and weighs about 22 grams. In addition to the clear, well-struck mark for Gage, it is engraved with decoration to one side of the blade and to the handle, and bears a period engraved monogram. This piece is in very good condition,... Click for details

Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt
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20161231-01   $295.00

Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt
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Offered is a good and scarce American coin silver soup ladle from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider coin silver items from these towns to be Southern coin silver due to the sympathies of many of the inhabitants.

This piece is marked with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington... Click for details

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James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
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James Butler, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Bouillon Ladle
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This c. 1865, coin silver ladle is unusual and appealing on multiple counts.

First is the 8 3/8" long size. Substantially larger than a gravy and markedly smaller than a soup or oyster, it was likely intended for serving bouillon. It weighs 1.6 T. oz.

Additionally, it was made by a well-known Philadelphia silversmith, James Butler. His "animal head over shield" emblem (often confused with a similar manufacturer's mark by James Watts) appears on the backside, along with the word "Coin"... Click for details

Mid 19th Century Kirk 10.15 Silver "Mayflower" Hot Cake Lifter
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2920f   $265.00

Mid 19th Century Kirk 10.15 Silver
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One of Samuel Kirk's earliest designs, and in production throughout the history of the firm, "Mayflower" features an engraved motif set on an otherwise plain handle.

This example is nearly as old as the pattern itself, dating between 1846-61, as indicated by the "S. Kirk & Son" imprinted on the backside. It is a 7 1/8" long, relatively heavy at 2.1 T. oz., hotcake lifter.

The standard mark, "10.15," also appearing on the handle reverse, is roughly the equivalent of coin silver and one... Click for details

Henry Hebbard "Grecian" Coin Silver Figural Sugar Sifter
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2842f   $150.00

Henry Hebbard
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A large item, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and has a round, pierced bowl that is 2 3/8" in diameter and 5/8" deep. It is substantial weight at 1.9 T. oz.

The pattern is "Grecian" originated by Henry Hebbard, as evidenced by the "H.H. Pat. [1]862" imprinted on the backside. Early versions like this were frequently retailed by Tiffany, while the design itself became part of the Whiting stable of patterns circa 1882.

The motif features two figures. One is a ram's head placed at the... Click for details

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
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Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20160903-04   $57.50

Crested American Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle, Circa 1840
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Offered is a good American coin silver sauce or cream ladle measuring about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighing about 32 grams, engraved with an armorial of a hound's head erased, issuing from a coronet. This piece bears the maker's mark of Platt & Brothers, silversmiths of New York City, NY, working circa 1836-46 with a shop at 12 Maiden Lane. Crested American coin silver is comparatively uncommon but was especially popular in New York City and in Baltimore. This ladle is in very good... Click for details

Westervelt Engraved "Medallion" Coin Silver Twist Master Butter Knife
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2834f   $85.00

Westervelt Engraved
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A combination of a die struck pattern and a "Medallion" design, this master butter knife measures 7 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz.

Made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, c. 1863, the handle is in his drooping leaf or wreath with acanthus leaf detailing design.

The blade is set at a twisted right angle to the handle and is engraved and engine turned on both sides. In addition, the front features an engraved warrior head.

Westervelt offered a primary line with this... Click for details

Wood & Hughes "Diana Medallion" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, Immaculate
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2831f   $295.00

Wood & Hughes
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The prominent New York City firm of Wood & Hughes produced several "Medallion" patterns in the 1860s period when such classically inspired imagery was popular.

The portraiture on this 8 3/4" long, just under 2.0 T. oz., coin silver, berry spoon is anecdotally referred to as the "Diana Medallion," as identified by D.A. Soeffing in his 1988 benchmark work on this class of silver. He describes this design as "particularly Grecian in its appearance."

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H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver "Tipt" Sugar Spoon
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2822f   $34.00

H.I. Sawyer, NYC & Hartford, Coin Silver
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A 6 7/16" long, .9 T. oz. piece, this sugar spoon has a broad scallop shell bowl with high shoulders leading to a narrow handle that broadens into an oval, tipped end.

It is marked "H.I. Sawyer," for Henderson Inches Sawyer, who worked in New York City 1835-45, then Hartford, Connecticut, 1845-58.

It also carries a "lion" pseudo hallmark that McGrew identifies in his benchmark work on marks as characteristic of the Hartford area, so this item likely traces to Sawyer's (earlier based on... Click for details

Maine Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Albert Titcomb, Ca. 1823-46
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20160814-10   $22.50

Maine Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by Albert Titcomb, Ca. 1823-46
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Offered is a nice little American coin silver master salt spoon by silversmith Albert Titcomb (1802 - 1890), who was working in Portland, ME between about 1823-35 alone and between 1835-46 in partnership with Philip Titcomb in Portland. After 1846, Albert continued to work as a silversmith, but moved his shop to Bangor and worked there until about 1880. This piece was almost certainly made during Albert's Portland years, and the mark of TITCOMB in a serrated punch could have been used by him... Click for details

Long-Handled Coin Silver Condiment Spn, S. & E. Roberts of Trenton, NJ
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20160814-09   $22.50

Long-Handled Coin Silver Condiment Spn, S. & E. Roberts of Trenton, NJ
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Offered is a fine large American coin silver condiment spoon (probably a dry mustard spoon or horseradish spoon) by the Trenton, New Jersey partnership of Samuel and Edmund Roberts, whose biographical information follows the description of the piece. This spoon measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is fair, with some fine scratching on the surface, but no dents, splits or repairs. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and rubbed but legible... Click for details

Fine Early Kings Pattern Coin Silver Fish Slice by R. & W. Wilson
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20160806-01   $195.00

Fine Early Kings Pattern Coin Silver Fish Slice by R. & W. Wilson
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Offered is a very fine and scarce early American coin silver fish slice or server in the Kings pattern, by the noted Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson, working circa 1825-50. 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 13 inches in length overall, with a blade measuring about 7 1/4 inches in length and about 3 inches across at its... Click for details

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