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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1385211 (stock #3592f)
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$48.00
Price for the pair.
Each of these two, matching, coin silver teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair weigh just over 1.0 T. oz. combined.

Having "Reverse Tipt" ends on down turned handles, thumb drops on the backsides of the bowls, and inscribed "CJP" set sideways on the handle fronts, they are stamped "Hedges" for David Hedges, 1779-1856, of East Hampton, New York.

Their style places them in the early 1800s...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1384963 (stock #3587dd)
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An unusual and highly specialized place piece, American melon forks seem to have taken their inspiration from a form that evolved in mid 19th century France. Few makers produced them, and even then in not many patterns, so they are truly rare items.

This 8 1/4" long, weighty at approximately 2.0 T. oz., solid silver, example was made by John Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, in about 1870...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1383454 (stock #3561f)
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$28.00
Long lived, Nathaniel Munroe was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1777 and died in Baltimore in 1861, where he began working in 1815, and may have worked in Selma, Alabama, 1842-50 (source Maryland Silver, Baltimore Museum of Art).

This example of his production is a single, 6" long, not quite .5 T. oz., teaspoon, marked "N. Munroe," "10.15" for the Baltimore standard roughly equivalent to coin silver, and a "star," which may be a journeyman's mark...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1910 item #1383064 (stock #3553f)
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$65.00
Made in a limited number of pieces, rather than a full line of flatware, this "Iris" theme pattern is strongly Art Nouveau in style and likely dates either side of 1900.

This example is a long handle, 8 7/8", .7 T. oz., two tine, olive or pickle fork.

In addition to the novel design, it has an unusual double twist handle. Overall it is an elegantly slender and graceful piece, well-crafted and finely finished...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1382110 (stock #3537f)
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$22.00
Julius Hollister, whose name along with the words "Pure Coin" appears on the backside of this 5 3/4" long, .6 T. oz., fork, began working in Hartford, Connecticut in 1841, then relocated to Oswego, New York, with a short time in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

While Hollister was of no particular distinction, this pickle or early pastry fork is an unusual form in that it has four tines, the lowest one of which is widened. Most examples of such mid 19th century pieces have three tines...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381687 (stock #3531f)
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$40.00
This 7 3/8" long, T. oz., 1840s, "Reverse Tipt" 1.0 T. oz., dessert or place spoon tells a story that such items rarely do.

Firstly, the extensive inscriptions offer a lot to the genealogist.

The front of the handle reads "Sarah Aurora Dauchy" while the reverse is inscribed in similar script, "From her grandmother A...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1381025 (stock #3522f)
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$68.00
This "leaf" design, often identified as "Josephine" because of Gorham's use of that name for its variant, was produced by several mid 19th makers with slight variation among them.

This example, a full size dinner fork measuring 7 5/8" long and weighing nearly 2.8 T. oz., was made by Henry Hebbard, as indicated by the "H.H. & Co. Patent 1855" stamped on the reverse, along with the retailer's name "Robert Rait," both mid 19th century New York City firms...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1380987 (stock #3521f)
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$35.00
Tracing to the lower Hudson River Valley and dating to the third decade of the 19th century, this coin silver tablespoon measures 8 3/4" long and weighs a substantial 1.7 T. oz.

It is stamped "A. Hanford," who worked in Peekskill, New York, 1820-30. Documentation about him is scant--for instance, no references offer a first name--and examples of his work are not particularly common.

This has a broad, fiddle shaped with down turned and rounded end, handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1379390 (stock #3498f)
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$42.00
Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1378816 (stock #3488f)
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$42.00
Measuring 4 3/16" long and weighing not quite .3 T. oz. (8 grams), this master salt spoon has a plain, rounded, down turned and slightly tipt back, handle, with the style dating it the first quarter of the 19th century.

Curiously it is only marked "Norfolk," without a maker's identification.

A review of Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia does not illustrate this specific italicized version of the word "Norfolk," but does show several sources that used similar lettering in their touch...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1377837 (stock #3467f)
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$52.00
Amy Miller Dehan's Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 offers separate entries on four related operations employing "Michie" in their names, with the mark on this 8 1/4" long, heavy at just over 2.0 T. oz., table or serving spoon associated with "Michie Brothers," and "used by the firm between 1885 and 1888."

Indeed the plain, upturned and rounded end, "Antique" pattern, handle is engraved "C.G.B." in a feathered script over "Nov. 29, 1888." corresponding with the above span of years.

Made...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374484 (stock #3413f)
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$36.00
Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this spoon has a broad, "Fiddle Tipt," handle, and high, pointed shoulders off the bowl.

It is stamped "S. Kirk & Son" along with the Baltimore standard mark "10.15," which is roughly equivalent to coin, and in this particular combination of marks was used 1846-61.

Well-proportioned and clean looking, this presents in a quietly stately manner.

There is a feathered script "G" monogram on the front of the otherwise plain pie...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373758 (stock #3401f)
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$46.00
While "Olive" was perhaps the most popular pattern produced during the mid 19th century, and made by numerous manufacturers, with many examples consequently yet extant, this particular item is unusual.

It is a 7 1/8" long, 1.0 T. oz., flat, solid silver, knife.

About the size of a master butter, it has a long, slender blade that comes to a point and is likely an early for its form, individual fish knife, and thus a scarce find for the period.

The pattern is double die struck, meaning ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1373409 (stock #3395f)
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$32.00
Operating for a short time in New York City, 1837-40, James Edward Merriman, spent the majority of his working years, 1841-65, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The specific mark on this 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt," coin silver, place spoon, "J.E. Merriman/123 Pearl St.," traces to his New York period. It is accompanied by a "leopard head, bust, star, leopard head" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his volume on manufacturers' marks attributes to an unknown New York City source.

Ther...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1373000 (stock #3386f)
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$295.00
Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with t...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1372687 (stock #3379f)
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$36.00
The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.

In good condition, it retains excellent form and th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372420 (stock #3372f)
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$46.00
A substantially sized piece, measuring 8 3/4" long and weighing 1.4 T. oz., this spoon traces to the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Huntington & LaBoyteaux" for a partnership that existed 1850-56, between William C. Huntington, who first established himself in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1846, and Issac N. LaBoyteaux (Cincinnati Silver, Amy Dehan).

The "exaggerated fiddle handle and pointed shoulders" form is "typical of flatware associated with Cincinnati in the mid-19th century" (Deha...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1372177 (stock #3366f)
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$135.00
Price for the set of six.
Dating to the earliest decades of Gorham's history, these six, matched, coin silver, spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," for a partnership that traces to 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 their time, when large scale was favored, these would have served as standard place pieces.

They have a substantial feel, although they weigh marginally les...

 
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