A rare and fine American coin silver table spoon by Washington, D.C. silversmith Greenbury Gaither, working in the Nation's capital between about 1822 and 1834. According to extant family history, Greenbury Gaither was born in 1792, went to Alexandria, Virginia to learn the jewelry and silversmith business (probably in conjunction with his much better known relative John Gaither), and eventually opened his own store on Pennsylvania Avenue in what was then known as Washington City. This spoon i... Click for details
A lovely American coin silver teaspoon by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. The spoon has an engraved period script monogram of "MF" and a clear maker's mark of H.BIERSHING in a serrated rectangle. Biershing's work is rarely seen, despite his relatively long career. A f... Click for details
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.
A fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by little-known watchmaker and jeweler Asa Hartshorn, who was working and advertising as a watchmaker and jeweler as early as 1818 in Montrose, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hartshorn bought the drugstore in Montrose around 1826 and also continued to function as a jeweler. He sold out in 1833. Hartshorn's mark is very uncommon. These spoons measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and weigh a total of 96 grams. There are six s... Click for details
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, 1855 "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.
This example is a 9 3/8" long, nearly 2.3 T. oz., pie or pastry server. It has a 4 3/4" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, blade with scalloped shoulders, upraised edges, an engraved surface, and a repeat of the leaf design on the reverse heel. The backside of th... Click for details
A good and scarce American coin silver tea spoon from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider silver 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 Street in Hagerstown. Bou... Click for details
A good and scarce example of American coin silver sugar tongs from Hagerstown, Maryland. These tongs are marked once on each arm 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 Street in Hagerstown. Boullt also had other activities, such as being the Secretary and Treasurer of the B... Click for details
An exceptionally well-preserved example of a very early 19th century American coin silver birdback spoon, in excellent condition. This particular bird back is by John (Johann) Samuel Krause (1782-1815), who spent the majority of his short life and career working in Bethlehem, PA, where this teaspoon was likely made. Krause, who went by the name Samuel judging from his known marks, is first recorded in Bethlehem around 1797, when apprenticed to John George Weiss. Krause then spent a brief peri... Click for details
Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.
A large and impressive early American coin silver table spoon or serving spoon by noted silversmith Alexander Scott, working in Chambersburg between about 1800 and 1822. This piece measures a bit over 9 5/8 inches in length, and weighs about 66 grams. Condition is good, with no dents, splits or repairs but with some tip wear. This piece also has an engraved period script monogram. A fine example of Scott's work, and of early Chambersburg silver!
An excellent American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Lewis Quandale, circa 1825-50. This spoon is in great condition, with no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 5 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. The spoon has a clear maker's mark and a good period engraved script monogram. A fine piece!
A rare early American coin silver teaspoon by Easton, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith George Bush. Bush apprenticed to Christian Bixler from 1806-12, and worked in Easton from 1812 through at least the mid-1830s. This spoon has a highly unusual period engraved decorative element to the handle, and also has a period engraved script monogram "MO". This spoon also has a good clear maker's mark. Condition is very good overall, with some light dimpling to the bowl and a small amount of ri... Click for details
American silver (coin silver) table spoon bearing the maker's mark of John Smart, watchmaker and jeweler of Philadelphia. Smart was working circa 1836-58. This spoon measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is good with no dents, splits or repairs. John Smart's mark is not commonly seen.