Offered is an interesting early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark C*D in an oval punch, struck twice. This mark was originally attributed in the book "Silver in Maryland" to Cantwell Douglass (1774-1807), but has now been re-assigned by Cathy Hollan in "Virginia Silversmiths" to Caleb Davis (1769-1834), apprenticed to clockmaker Elijah Evans in Frederick County MD in 1784, married to Mary Upp in Maryland in 1792, working in Woodstock, Virginia circa 1796-1816 (partnered as Fry &... Click for details
Offered is a lovely pair of transitional shoulder-less Southern coin silver tea spoons by noted Virginia and Kentucky silversmith Asa Blanchard, circa 1807-15 by style and given their Kentucky origin. The maker's mark on these spoons (mark "d" in Hollan's "Virginia Silversmiths", corresponding to mark "29C" in Boultinghouse's "Silversmiths of Kentucky") has only been found on pieces with Kentucky provenances. Each spoon has a legible maker's mark, and each is engraved with a period script "H"... Click for details
Offered is a scarce set of six southern coin silver teaspoons by Bowling Green, KY jewelers James McClure (McLure) and Philip Valenti, working as McLure & Valenti circa 1867-70. Each spoon bears the partnership's mark of McLURE&VALENTI incuse, and one spoon has the partnership's mark overstriking the mark W. W. CARY for William W. Cary, a jeweler working in Alton, Illinois (on the Mississippi river near St. Louis, MO). Silver marked by this relatively short-lived partnership seems to be... Click for details
Offered is a rare set of four Southern coin silver spoons by Shelbyville silversmith Warren B. Ewing, working from about 1845 to his death in 1876. Each of these spoons is marked WBE incuse, which is a much scarcer mark used by Ewing than is his full name mark. Each spoon has the typical style and proportions of Ewing's work, and each has a legible maker's mark. There is no sign of a monogram or erasure. By style, these spoons probably date to before the Civil War. These spoons measure... Click for details
Offered is a nice early Southern coin silver teaspoon by noted North Carolina silversmith Thomas Trotter, whose biographical particulars follow below. This piece dates by style to the early part of Trotter's career, perhaps his Greensboro days between 1820-24. It bears the maker's mark attributed to Trotter on page 175 of "Silversmiths of North Carolina" (1984 edition), as well as a period engraved script monogram of "AB". This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 12... Click for details
Offered is a very good pair of American coin silver luncheon or dessert in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This pair measures about 6 5/8 inches in length on average and weighs a total of 92 grams. Each fork has a period engraved script monogram to the reverse, and a clear retailer's mark for ANDERSON & CO.; I haven't made a definitive determination of which Anderson this is, though the leading... Click for details
length 12 1/2 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "J.E.L." in period script with flourishes, marked A.L. Coan Mobile" in serrated rectangle.
The bowl has a few more scratches than we'd like to see, and a small dip at the edge which we show in excruciating detail (see third photo), but all in all a pleasant and substantial item which presents itself quite well.
Offered is a nice pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by the well-known partnership of Jehu Williams, Sr. and John Victor, working together in Lynchburg circa 1814 to 1845. (Please see my other listings for a pair of teaspoons from the same family by Jehu Williams working alone.) Each spoon has a rubbed but legible maker's mark of W&V and a period engraved script monogram. These spoons each measure about 5 3/8 inches in length and the pair weighs about 28 grams. Condition is fair, with... Click for details
Offered is a good pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by Virginia silversmith Jehu Williams, Sr., working first in Fredericksburg and then for the majority of his career in Lynchburg. For most of his time in Lynchburg, Williams was in partnership with John Victor - the partnership began around 1814 and lasted until Victor's death in 1845. Williams then worked alone from 1845 to 1856 and with his son from 1856 to Jehu Sr.'s death in 1859. The mark on these spoons is attributed by Hollan to... Click for details
Offered is a good set of six early Southern coin silver table forks by Florida watchmakers and jewelers Selim Myers and Robert Berry Gorman, working in partnership from early 1858 through about 1881, with a break due to Mr. Gorman's service in the Confederate service during the War. Biographical information follows a description of this piece. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, and please take a look at a separately listed Tallahassee coin silver teaspoon by Towle &... Click for details
Offered is a good early Southern coin silver spoon by Florida watchmakers and jewelers Frederick Towle and Selim Myers, working in partnership circa late 1843 or early 1844 through about 1857. Biographical information follows a description of this piece. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, and please take a look at a separately listed set of six Tallahassee coin silver forks by Myers & Gorman, from the same family.
Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1825 by noted Richmond, Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biography appears below. This teaspoon is graced with a period engraved monogram and a slightly rubbed but legible maker's mark. Condition is good overall, with a small ding to the bowl and a short scratch to the back of the bowl (see pics) that is not a split or fissure, but just a scratch. There are no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 1/4 inches in... Click for details
Offered is an unusual early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1820 bearing a crude mark of "PEABODY." in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark is slightly rubbed but still legible. This mark is attributed by William Voss (see the American Silversmiths website by googling "silversmiths" and "genealogy") to Nathaniel Prentice Peabody (1806-1883), working in Bennettsville, Marlboro, SC circa 1830-70. However, I think it possible due to the style of this piece that this is the work and mark of... Click for details
Offered is a gorgeous Southern coin silver christening or baby cup by leading Washington, D.C. jeweler Henry Semken (born circa 1825 in Prussia, died in 1895 in D.C.), in business in Washington circa 1855-89. This cup has a clear maker's mark or retailer's mark for Semken, and is very well engraved with the dedication inscription, which is touching. I have rarely seen a piece of coin silver hollowware, especially a handled cup, in better condition. There is little in the way of signs of use... Click for details
Offered is a nice Southern coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of James T. Scott & Co., working in Wheeling, Virginia and later West Virginia circa the mid 1850s through the late 1860s. Mr. Scott and his partners seem to have mostly retailed silver, though this bears only his maker's or retailer's mark, and no manufacturer's marks. In my other listings on the site, I have several other spoons, with different monograms but also found around Wheeling, with James T. Scott & Co.'s mark. This... Click for details
Offered is a nice pair of Southern coin silver spoons bearing the mark of James T. Scott & Co., working in Wheeling, Virginia and later West Virginia circa the mid 1850s through the late 1860s. Mr. Scott and his partners seem to have mostly retailed silver made by James Watts in Philadelphia, and these spoons bear one of Watts' manufacturer's marks. In my other listings on the site, I have several other spoons, with different monograms but also found around Wheeling, with James T. Scott &... Click for details