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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1316907 (stock #2536f)
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There is a lengthy entry about Littleton Holland, 1770-1847, in the Baltimore Museum of Art's volume "Maryland Silver." The biographical material states that, curiously, "Nothing is known of Holland's parents, place of birth, or training."

Yet the entry further adds, "A considerable amount of fine silver by him survives, and his name appears consistently in extant Assay Office returns," so he went from relative obscurity to a noted craftsman working in a significant early American setting...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258646 (stock #2165f)
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Frederick Marquand is one of the storied names associated with New York City silversmithing, having established the lineage which eventually became "Ball, Black & Co." and subsequently "Black, Starr & Frost." He is also associated with Savannah, Georgia where he spent some of his early working years.

This 6 9/16" long, heavy, 1.5 T. oz., probably youth fork is stamped "Marquand & Co." which dates it 1830-33.

It is a "Kings" pattern with a plain back...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1308993 (stock #2563f)
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A pre-Civil War firm listed with working dates 1850-54, the partnership of Knapp & Leslie, was located in Mobile, Alabama.

This dessert or place spoon that carries this company's mark measures 6 5/8" long and weighs just under 1.1 T. oz.

It is a "Fiddle Thread" aka "French Thread" design and is monogrammed "From E A B" on the front.

It is in superb condition. The engraving is crisp, and as is so for the entire piece, is without any polishing wear. The finish is bright and even...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1293794 (stock #2439f)
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The firm of Mitchell & Tyler occupies a prominent place in the history of mid 19th century Richmond, Virginia silver production. A successor firm to that established by William Mitchell c. 1818, sources date its years of operation from 1845 to 1866.

The style of this 5 1/2" long, just over .5 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon locates it early in that period, well before the Civil War.

It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern with a feathered script "M" on the front of the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1307089 (stock #2544f)
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The Baltimore Museum of Art reference volume on Maryland Silver lists William Brown working in Baltimore ca. 1810-52.

This pair of 6 1/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tongs carry his mark, "W. Brown," along with the rather unusual identifier "Balt." stamped on the inside of each arm.

The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread." There is a feathered script "JMD" inscribed on the arch. The grips are scallop shell form.

They are in excellent condition...

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