American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1290670 (stock #2411f)
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This coin silver mug stands 3 1/4" high, has a 2 3/4" top and a 2 7/8" bottom diameter, a maximum reach of 4" at the widest to the tip of the handle, and weighs 4.7 T. oz.

The underside is stamped "J" and "C," both in lozenges, joined by a circle. This is the emblem for New York's John Cook...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1290157 (stock #2407f)
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The pattern on this 8 3/4" long, just under 1.8 T. oz., c. 1860, coin silver berry spoon is "Honeysuckle" made by A.& W. Wood of New York City. It is stamped "A.C. Benedict 28 Bowery" for the NYC retailer.

It is a particularly elegant piece. The bowl has a crimped and scalloped edge with a chased and engraved, gold washed, interior.

The handle is of a scale that shows the details of the pattern to advantage. It is engraved "Maggie" in handsome, embellished lettering...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1289368 (stock #2401f)
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A well-documented silversmith, William Nichols' working dates essentially span the first half of the 19th century. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, in the earliest days of the Republic, he spent his entire life there, where is died in 1871.

These six, matching spoons are all similarly marked, reading "Nichols," "Newport," and "Pure Coin," this last term tending to be peculiar to New England...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1288702 (stock #2396dd)
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Online sources suggest that melon forks evolved in France in the mid 19th century, with the form quickly making its way to the American setting.

This coin silver example stamped "W&H" on the backside of the blade for New York's Wood & Hughes, is characteristic of the earliest expressions of these items.

It is large, 8 1/4" long, especially for an individual place piece. Weight is 1.6 T. oz...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1288229 (stock #2393f)
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An intermediate size, less than a full length soup and significantly larger than a gravy, this 9 3/8" long, substantial weight at 3.2 T. oz., piece may be a not-so-commonly found oyster or bouillon ladle.

The pattern is "Olive," a popular mid 19th century design, which in this case made by Boston's "Farrington & Hunnewell," whose "lion, F&H, bust" pseudo hallmark appears on the backside of the handle.

It has a particularly appealing 2 3/4" diameter, 3/8" deep, scallop shell bowl...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century : Pre 1837 VR item #1286865 (stock #2381f)
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Marked "J. Wallace" and with a symbol that John McGrew in his work on pseudo hallmarks identifies as the "Western eagle head" "from the frontier regions," this table or serving spoon measure 8 15/16" long and weighs just under 2.0 T. oz.

Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, it has a plain, down turned end with a slightly tipt backside, high, sharply beveled wings off the bowl, and a pronounced drop on the bowl.

There is no monogram or removal...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1286280 (stock #2376f)
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$38.00
Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing slightly over 1.4 T. oz., this spoon is stamped "Bailey & Co." for the Philadelphia manufacturer that eventually became the storied retailer "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It also carries the pseudo hallmark "lion, S, shield" identified as a standard mark used by Bailey for sterling, and introduced January 1, 1855. There is s second lion mark on this, which sources identify as possibly a second sterling designator...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1285499 (stock #2369f)
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$110.00
Rogers is one of the storied names in the history of American silver manufacturing, conveying to several companies incorporating that name and eventually tracing to Meriden Britannia and International Silver as well.

This set of six, matched, oversized at 6 1/8" long, approximately 3.7 T. oz. the group, coin silver teaspoons trace to the earliest years of that lineage.

Marked "Wm. Rogers," they date to the second quarter of the 19th century...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1285378 (stock #2368f)
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A rarely found figural pattern much in the manner of "Medallion," "Prairie Flower was produced c. 1865 by Joseph Seymour of Syracuse, New York.

A classical looking figure surrounded by drapery and ivy detailing surmounts the handle tip while the center of the handle portrays a bellflower and additional ivy leaves.

This example is a 6" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon. The bowl is large, 2" by 1 1/2", and is uniquely shaped. It is something of an embossed double scallop form.

There is a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1284827 (stock #2363dd)
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Stamped "Brady," "Harrisburg," and "Coin," this c. 1860 fork measures 9 1/8" long and weighs approximately 1.7 T. oz. Brady was a retailer; it likely has a Philadelphia origin.

It has four splayed tines characteristic of a beef fork, but exceptionally large.

The tine area has hooked and scalloped shoulders. The central portion of the stem is twisted, while the end is flat and also has a scalloped outline.

The entire front of the piece is extensively engraved and bright cut in a peri...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1284711 (stock #2362f)
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Stamped "W.G&S" for New York City's William Gale and Son, this silver nut pick dates sometime from the mid 1850s to the mid 1860s.

It is a "French Thread" pattern, and double die struck, meaning the design appears on both sides of the handle. Measuring 4 13/16" long, it is heavy for its size, weighing just over .5 T. oz.

There is an Old English "D" monogram set sideways on the handle. The tapered pick itself has an intentional, horizontal, ridge line about midway down its length.

I...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1284436 (stock #2360f)
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$225.00
Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.

Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.

They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the gr...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283863 (stock #2357f)
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A mid 19th century silversmith and jeweler, Norman A. Freeman worked individually, and at various times was involved in two partnerships, one with Samuel Wallin and one with Edwin Bennett.

This 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon is a flawless example of his work, marked with his name and address, "289 B.way," along with the number "5." It has a beautiful finish, pointed tip bowl, and very fine, feathered script "CFF" monogram set sideways on the handle.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1283862 (stock #2356f)
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A mid 19th century silversmith and jeweler, Norman A. Freeman worked individually, and at various times was involved in two partnerships, one with Samuel Wallin and one with Edwin Bennett.

This 7 1/8" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" dessert spoon is a flawless example of his work, marked with his name and address, "289 B.way," along with the number "5." It has a beautiful finish, pointed tip bowl, and very fine, feathered script "CFF" monogram set sideways on the handle.

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1283537 (stock #2354f)
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Solid silver, and with a flat blade and handle, this 6 3/4" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "Gorham & Co.," dating it 1852-65. Other marks include "Coin" and "Patent 1855."

This last identifier is what typically appears with this pattern, which is "Josephine." The leaf design is of the period, with several other makers producing quite similar patterns in the 1850s and 1860s.

The engraving on the blade individualizes this. It is bright cut in a leafy scroll design, and...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1282686 (stock #2347f)
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Dating c. 1860, this 7 1/2" long, 1.1 T. oz., cheese knife bespeaks the tastes of its period.

The handle has a twist stem with a broad, flat, pointed antique end with notched sides. This is engraved and engine turned and has a shield reserve with an "F.J.M" monogram.

The blade has five curved prongs at the upper end and like the handle, has an engraved and engine turned surface.

The backside of the piece is plain save for the word "Coin." There is no maker's identifier.

The cond...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1280776 (stock #2335f)
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Made by New York's Albert Coles c. 1860, whose three part pseudo hallmark is stamped on the reverse, this coin silver combined olive spoon and fork measures 9 3/4" long and weighs .9 T. oz.

It has a twist stem with a central disk. The spoon on one end is a modified shell form, while the fork has three trident tines. Both the spoon and fork are gold washed and have delicate engraved detailing, as does the central disk set midway along the handle.

It is without a monogram or removal and ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1280018 (stock #2329f)
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Measuring 8 5/16" long, and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver spoon was likely a place piece although it is essentially the size of today's tablespoon.

It was made by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part pseudo hallmark and name, "A. Coles," both appear on the backside of the handle.

The pattern is "Bead," which was a standard mid 19th century design. This example has a fancy, feathered script "W" engraved on the front.

It is in very good condition. There are no mars or da...

 
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