American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1278408 (stock #2316f)
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$250.00
Marked "Sterling," these eight forks retailed by Boston's Crosby & Morse (1864-69) are transition pieces between the coin and sterling silver standards. Each one measures 7 3/16" long, while the group weighs 11.6 T. oz.

They have plain handles with rounded and upturned ends. The lower sections are engraved in a period design with a central palmette motif, while the ends have script "EL" monograms. The backsides are unadorned.

The are in very good estate condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1276204 (stock #2300f)
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$38.00
This 6 5/16" long, just under .9 T. oz., pastry fork dates circa 1860. It is an early "bow," "ribbon," or "knot" ("le cordon") pattern that was originated by Durgin.

This is an especially engaging example of an early form. The working end has four tines, the lower one of which is wider and has a hooked tip. The heel is deep and sculpted, and it and the tines have bright cut and wriggle work engraving.

There is a script name which reads "Darn," "Dam" or something similar, on the handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1273589 (stock #2284f)
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$40.00
Working with his brother, Alonzo, in Albany, New York, 1831-38, Chauncey Johnson is identified as a silversmith and jeweler.

In addition to the "C. & A.W. Johnson" for that partnership stamped on this 8 1/2" long, 1.5 T. oz., tablespoon, it also carries an "eagle, D, bust" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work on these marks, McGrew associates this with Hall and Hewson, also of Albany, which suggests a relationship between these two parties...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1271057 (stock #2276f)
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$25.00
This 8 5/8" long, 1.5 T. oz., "Fiddle Tipt" tablespoon dates from the 1840s and is marked "J.C. Farnsworth" and "Boston."

While born in 1799, John Carey Farnsworth's record as a jeweler and watchmaker in Boston is only documented from 1843 to 1857. For some of that time he was in partnership with Aaron Dennison and George Adams.

It is engraved "Elvira." in script on the front of the handle and is in very good condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269891 (stock #2271f)
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$45.00
Edmond Kidney of New York City was the organizing principal of several partnerships that spanned the years 1853 to the mid 1870s. This 6" long, T. oz., coin silver spoon is marked "K&J" for the last of these associations, Kidney & Johnson, which dates from 1868.

The pattern is a "Medallion," which in this case features a left-facing, classical, female figure. The handle has a twist stem, while the bowl is elongated and has a ribbed interior...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1269303 (stock #2267f)
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$65.00
This example of Tiffany's "Antique Ivy" is a 7 1/16" long, and extremely heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., dessert or place spoon.

This has a rounded, upturned handle with ivy leaves engraved on the surface. In this instance, the reserve on the front is also inscribed with an American eagle surrounded by laurel branches. Whether this was intended to be purely decorative or had a familial or positional association is unknown, but in either case it is an enhancement to the design...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1266157 (stock #2246f)
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$85.00
At 5 3/4" long, this pair of tongs are exceptionally long and commensurately heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz. Whether intended to be used for ice, they certainly could serve that purpose.

The pattern is Gorham's "Cottage," which according to company archives, was in active production for approximately forty years, beginning in 1861. As this pair are stamped "Sterling," they date post 1868 when Gorham adopted the sterling standard. Earlier examples of "Cottage" were made in coin silver...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265582 (stock #2242f)
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$22.00
Born in 1825 in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Boston's South Shore, Asa Fairbanks Trufant is listed working as a merchant in nearby Abington, dying in 1879.

Given the "Fiddle Tipt" pattern on this 7 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., dessert or place spoon, it would have dated from his earliest working years.

It is monogrammed "JT to EJT" in fancy script lettering and is in exceptionally fine condition. It remains well-formed and retains a perfectly shaped bowl that is free of dents, burrs, ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1265382 (stock #2239f)
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$175.00
Listed as a firm operating in New York City in the 1840s, the partnership of Hayes & Robbins is further documented by the location, "207 B.way" stamped on the backsides of this set of six, matching, coin silver teaspoons.

They are slightly over-sized at 6 1/8" long, and moderately heavy, with the group weighing approximately 6.1 T. oz. The pattern is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," and appears on both the front and back sides. The bowls are tapered and have pointed tips.

The rev...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263189 (stock #2217f)
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$15.00
This lengthy, 5 7/8", just over .4 T. oz., coin silver teaspoon is stamped "H. Judson," along with a sunburst emblem, for the Syracuse, New York silversmith and jeweler Hiram Walker, with dates 1792-1868.

It has a plain, round end, and slight mid rib on the backside of the handle. There is a feathered script "EW" monogram on the front. The drop on the bowl is plain.

It is in very good condition. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has an appealing patina. The bowl is well-...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1263080 (stock #2216f)
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$80.00
A prominent name in American silversmithing during the first half of the 19th century, Baldwin Gardiner worked first in Philadelphia then New York City.

This large bowl, 8 3/4" long, very heavy 2.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon bears Gardiner's familiar "B.G" mark along with a pseudo hallmark that McGrew in his work on coin silver manufacturers' marks associates with Jacob Wood and relates to William Forbes, both established NYC producers. The relationship between Gardiner's retail and man...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1261701 (stock #2205f)
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$22.00
Leander Amadon, the maker of this 7 1/4" long, .9 T. oz., dessert spoon, is documented as born in 1814 and working 1843-78 in Bellows Falls, Vermont as a silversmith and jeweler.

It is a "Fiddle Tipt" design without a monogram or inscription, or removal of same. It is a straightforward item, well and simply executed.

It is in very good condition, showing minimal wear. There are light surface scratches, and incipient tip wear on the otherwise well-formed bowl. The finish is nicely pati...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260318 (stock #2186f)
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$38.00
This piece is a 5 7/8" long, just over .7 T. oz., teaspoon was made by Sperry Douglas Brower who was an Albany silversmith and manufacturer of repute and substantial size.

Examples of his work are readily found, although that is not the case with his "Medallion" pattern, which this is, as instances of it are scant. In fact, Don Soeffing in his work on Medallion silver shows two spoon examples and states they are the only pieces he had seen.

This example features a right facing, slightly m...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1260238 (stock #2185f)
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$250.00
Marked "S.T. Crosby" for the Boston retailer, 1854-61, each of these six forks measures 7 7/16" long. They likely were originally 7 1/2", dinner size, but show some tip wear on the tines (and light knife cuts on the backsides). Quite heavy, the group weighs 9.6 T oz.

The pattern is "Olive," with the actual maker probably Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston firm. In addition to the retailer's mark, they are stamped "Pure-Coin," a designation primarily used in New England.

The backsid...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258836 (stock #2168f)
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$42.00
William Ingalls Tenney, 1806-48, was a silversmith of note in New York City. In partnership with his brother Daniel from 1828 until his death, the name Tenney came to be associated with ecclesiastical silver.

This pair of spoons are marked "W.I. Tenney" "N.Y." and date early in William's working years.

At 6 1/4", they are lengthy for teaspoons, and rather weighty at nearly 1.6 T. oz. the pair. They have "Reverse Tipt," down-turned handle ends and exposed drops on the bowls. Each one h...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1258646 (stock #2165f)
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$70.00
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. The front is inscribed "Rockwell" i...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1258255 (stock #2159f)
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$20.00
The maker of this 6" long, weighty feeling, .7 T. oz., "Tipt" coin silver teaspoon was Levi Oliver Dunning according to the back stamp.

References locate him in the curiously named town of Penn Yan, New York, working individually 1841-50. The name of the town also appears alongside Dunning's name.

This is inscribed "H.M. Dorman," who may be related to Dr. John Dorman, which an online source from the Cornell University Library states, "came to Penn Yan in 1795 and his was the second frame ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257731 (stock #2153f)
Old Friends
$295.00
Wendt's "Medallion" was one of the most highly regarded of this genre of designs produced by numerous silver manufacturers in the 1860s. The portraiture is of a youthful, helmeted male warrior set in a knob-end oval with a lined backdrop.

This example is a large, 8 1/2" long, heavy, approximately 2.3 T. oz., cheese scoop. It has a twist stem and broad, swooping scoop. This possesses a robust quality, with a thick shank, and strongly defined detailing.

It is in excellent condition. Th...

 
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