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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1375445 (stock #3430f)
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Dating from just before the American Civil War, this 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.4 T. oz., Southern spoon retailed by Cooper & Gaither, so marked along with "Patent 1859," of Columbia, South Carolina had its origins with a Northern manufacturer.

The pattern is an "Olive" variant developed by Philo Gilbert, and continued by John Cook, both of New York City...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1374484 (stock #3413f)
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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...

All Items : Silver : Sterling : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372998 (stock #3384f)
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Each of these two, matching seafood or oyster cocktail forks measures 5 5/8" long, while the pair weigh nearly .9 T. oz. combined.

The pattern is Whiting's 1885 "Lily of the Valley."

These stand apart on two bases. One, they are the less common, twisted handle, form of this piece. Two, they were retailed by "William Kendrick's Sons," the renowned Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, known as a supplier of julep cups...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1372420 (stock #3372f)
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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)...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1371104 (stock #3338f)
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This 5 1/2" long, .7 T. oz., knife is an early example of Kirk's signature "Repousse" design, dating 1846-61, as indicated by the "1015." silver standard mark (roughly equivalent to coin) accompanied by "S. Kirk & Son" stamped on the lower edge of the handle.

It has a flat, solid silver, handle with a square end, and a pointed and tapered blade, and may be a (butter or cheese) spreader or for fruit. Whatever its function, it is not a readily found piece...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1837 VR item #1370357 (stock #3324f)
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Prominent among early 19th century Richmond, Virginia, silversmiths, William Mitchell, Jr., began his working career about 1815, and ended it when he sold his established business in 1847 to his brother Samuel and John Tyler, who in turned formed the well-known firm of Tyler and Mitchell (Cutten, "Silversmiths of Virginia").

This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1360196 (stock #3128f)
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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz., this coin silver gravy ladle was made in Cincinnati by the partnership of Edward and David Kinsey (1844-61).

It has a twist stem and the broad, rounded end shape that is characteristic of the region. The handle has bright cut and wriggle work engraving on both sides and engine turning on the front.

It is engraved "Eva to Ella" in script.

It is in excellent condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1325972 (stock #2643f)
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.

With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65...

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