Offered is a lovely American coin silver master butter knife made by Hotchkiss & Schreuder in that firm's Laurel pattern and retailed by H. K. Newcomb of Watertown, NY. This piece is engraved with an owner's name in period script in one reserve, and the date 1851 in the other reserve. This is probably roughly contemporaneous with the manufacture of the piece. Laurel pattern is quite attractive, and this is a nice usable piece. Aside from one small area with a couple of scratches on the blade... Click for details
Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife bearing manufacturer's marks not firmly attributed by McGrew but perhaps from the New York city area. Like most of the knives in this style, there are some tiny dents and dings in the handle, but there are no major dents and no splits or repairs. The handle is firm and there is no looseness to the pitch inside. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and well-struck marks of a sovereign's head, an anchor and a bird, perhaps... Click for details
Offered is a superb example of the "Basket of Flowers" style of coin silver, in the form of a large pair of sugar tongs dating to around 1825-35. This pair of tongs measures about 6 5/8 inches in length and weighs 46 grams. Please click on the picture to see all the pictures. This piece has a period script monogram of what appears to be "AH" and is marked on each arm by silversmith C.HASTINGS, who I haven't found anything about. Most of these tongs were marked by silversmiths or retailers... Click for details
Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of Marshall & Smith, listed in the city directory for 1837 as jewelers. Little is known about this partnership, and it isn't even certain which Marshall was the partner. This teaspoon bears a worn but still legible (more so in person) maker's mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. The handle is graced with a shell. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs... Click for details
Offered is a very good American coin silver pie or pastry server in the well-known Tuscan pattern, also known as pattern no. 59, by Michael Gibney. More on Gibney and the Tuscan pattern below. This piece measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and weighs 96 grams. It has no monogram or any sign of erasure and bears a good clear retailer's mark for Brackett, Crosby & Brown, in partnership in Boston, MA circa 1849-50. As such, it can be dated rather exactly. Condition of this piece is... Click for details
Offered is a very finely decorated American coin silver teaspoon by Cincinnati silversmith and jeweler Clemens Oskamp, and bearing his maker's mark. This spoon is nicely engraved M.McM and is in very good condition, with only modest wear and no major dents, and no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a fine piece of Cincinnati coin silver for display or daily use!
Offered is a good American coin silver master butter knife in the Medallion pattern variant manufactured by Hotchkiss & Schreuder - this piece bears their maker's mark as well as a scarce Midwestern retailer's mark for Janesville, Wisconsin jeweler James A. Webb, who established his store in that town in 1856. In 1865 his shop was at Lappin's Corner in Janesville. This piece measures about 6 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 34 grams. Condition is fair, though there is quite a bit of... Click for details
Oval-end handle, c1795 -- raised pointed drop, reverse tipt, feathered script mono J E S on front; 8-3/4" long. Condition is excellent. Pseudo marks (as shown) are a sunburst and a lion, both upside down in relation to A&R mark. NOTE: beaded edge, the first flatware pattern, originated in England in the 18thC. This is perhaps the first U.S. example of the pattern. It became common here, of course, in the 1830s and beyond.
Pattern is a variation of Olive, with styllized leaf on back of bowl. The mono is Danchy in block letters on front. Length is 7-1/2", oval bowl is 2-1/2" x 2". Good weight at nearly 2 T oz. Condition is excellent throughout.
In the beaded-edge pattern -- 14-1/2" blade in shape of fish and 13-1/2" fork with 2-3/4" tines. Weight is a hefty 12.5 T oz. Condition is near-mint throughout. This set is suitable for serving salmon, sturgeon, and perhaps a big-muddy catfish with a minimum weight of 20 pounds.
In the 1930s, Gebelein was commissioned to design a pattern based on the classic Sheaf-of-Wheat, but unique: a Sheaf-of-Flax. Only a few pieces were produced. This cold meat fork is 6-1/4" long and weighs a hefty 36 grams. It is in mint condition. Several other pieces remain in our collection.