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R&W Wilson, Philadelphia, Heavy Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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3264f   $88.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant silver manufactury.

While "Tipt" end examples of their work, which this is, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.

One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.

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S.N. Story "Olive" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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3258f   $44.00


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Dating from the mid 1850s, this 6 7/8" long, nearly 1.2 T. oz., preserve spoon has New England origins.

It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.

The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.

What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.

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Philadelphia Twist Handle & Engine Turned Coin Master Butter Knives
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These two coin master butter knives are emblematic of a style that was popular in, and particular to, Philadelphia in the mid 19th century.

While the techniques employed, specifically twisted handles and engine turning along with extensive bright cut engraving, were employed by other makers in other places, the particular overall design of these two examples invariably bespeaks Philadelphia.

The left and upper illustrations in the composite image are of a piece made by George Linder and... Click for details

H.B. Stanwood, Boston, Pure Coin Silver Buckwheat Cake Lifter
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This buckwheat cake measures 8" long, weighs 1.8 T. oz., and has a round, flat, serving end that is 2 5/8" in diameter.

Made in Boston, it is stamped "H.B. Standwood & Co.," for a firm that eventually became a part of "Shreve, Crump & Low."

The pattern is a scroll design similar to one produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, also of Boston, in the mid 19th century.

The inscription, a large, fancy "S" over "1877," postdates the actual manufacture of the piece by about twenty years. ... Click for details

Brown & Shaver, Utica, NY, Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
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3209f   $44.00


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Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership while both of them were working for Maynard & Taylor, and whose silver portion of that business they bought out to establish their own firm in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver contracted typhoid fever and sold out to Brown, whose interest he bought back in 1863 after recovering from his illness. All this history indicates the "Brown &... Click for details

Canfield, Baltimore, 10.15 Standard Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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3188f   $70.00


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A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

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Richard Fisher Jr., NYC, "French Thread" Coin Silver Sugar Shell
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3183f   $45.00


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The maker of this 6 3/16" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., spoon was perhaps best known for his partnership with Francis W. Cooper, himself a renowned producer of mid 19th century ecclesiastical silver.

Stamped "R. Fisher Jr." for Richard, it also carries his working address, "331 Broadway, N.Y.," and is a scarce example of his individual work.

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" design with a relatively short and deep shell bowl, with a broad end and a strong taper to the heel. The... Click for details

Gorham "Beaded" Coin Silver Ice Cream Server
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3163f   $115.00


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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more... Click for details

Philo Gilbert "Medallion" Coin Silver Gravy or Bouillon Ladle
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3155f   $175.00


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A New York City silversmith who worked from the 1830s until his bankruptcy in 1868, Philo B. Gilbert's dies passed on to John C. Cook and George Shiebler, so his work shows up with a variety of marks.

This 8" long, 1.8 T. oz., coin silver ladle bear only his "lion and leopard head" pseudo hallmark, "Patent 1867," and Gilbert's initials "PBG."

The pattern is a "Medallion" and one with which Gilbert is strongly identified. The classical portraiture is a clean representation of a young... Click for details

William Faber, Philadelphia, c. 1865 Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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3152f   $45.00


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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.

This example is a 7 1/8" long, approximately 1.1 T. oz., master butter... Click for details

Eno & Co., Philadelphia, c. 1855 Engraved Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
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3142f   $95.00


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While his early working years were spent in Hartford, Connecticut, George Eno is identified as a Philadelphia silversmith where he spent most of his life.

This large, 7 3/4" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., gravy ladle is stamped "Eno & Co." and "Coin," dating it 1854-60, prior to Eno's 1860-70 partnership with George Bechtel.

The narrow handle is hexagonal with two square block elements. The end is broad and spreads out into a fan or anthemion form. This is finely engraved and outlined in... Click for details

E. & D. Kinsey, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Coin Silver Gravy Ladle
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3128f   $95.00


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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition. The detail remains well-defined, showing minimal evidence of... Click for details

Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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3122f   $90.00


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One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel.

The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal... Click for details

Rare Early Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Ladle, Charles Hill, c 1815-33
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20170503-02   $125.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the work of Zanesville silversmith Charles Hill, working circa 1815-33 in that town. This piece is probably a cream ladle; it measures about 5 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 30 grams. This ladle is engraved "C" in period script and is marked three times with Hill's maker's mark of C.Hill in a serrated rectangular punch. This maker's mark is sometimes mis-attributed to another Charles Hill, working in Canadaigua, NY circa 1815-17. However, this piece... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" Coin Silver Berry Spoon, George Webb Retailer
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3072f   $68.00


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Gorham's "Grecian" was an early line pattern in the history of that company, patented in 1861, as indicated by the stamp on the reverse of this 8 5/8" long, approximately 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon.

Other marks include a "lion, anchor, G," and the name of the retailer, Baltimore's "Geo. Webb & Co."

The design incorporates a large, fan-like, anthemion end attached to a tubular handle. The backside of the anthemion is plain with a leafy border, and never monogrammed.

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N. Harding "Threaded" Pure Coin Silver Pudding Spoon
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3009f   $105.00


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Slightly more elaborated than "Cottage" as popularized Gorham, this rounded end design with a small fleur-de-lis, slightly upturned, srolled tip end has a thread edge and may be the design advertised as "Threaded" by the maker, Newell Harding & Co. of Boston. Additional design elements include an elaborated fleur-de-lis on the reverse heel of the bowl.

The manufacturer's name appears on the backside of this 9" long, just over 3.1 T. oz., large serving, likely pudding, spoon. Other marks... Click for details

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