American Coin and Sterling Silver Colonial through Art Nouveau
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258365 (stock #2161f)
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$285.00
Sometimes misidentified as a cracker scoop, this berry spoon or shovel form was a popular American form in the mid 19th century.

This 9" long, nearly 2.7 T. oz., twist stem, example was produced by New York's Albert Coles. It was one of several designs in this genre that Coles offered.

It is die struck and portrays a raised classical warrior figure surrounded by detailing that has an architectural quality to it.

In his foundational work "Silver Medallion Flatware," D...

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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1258035 (stock #2156f)
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$42.00
Stamped with the "star, S, eagle," pseudo hallmark of Joseph Seymour, Syracuse, this is also stamped "M.C. Haight" for the Geneva, New York retailer.

Dating from the mid 19th century, it is a large, 8 9/16" long, nearly 1.5 T. oz., table or serving spoon in very fine condition.

The handle has a broad, tipt, end, high narrow shoulders off the bowl, and beveled edges. It is engraved "H.M. Dorman" in stylishly rendered script lettering. This cross references with the inscription on a L.O...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257862 (stock #2154f)
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References locate Samuel S. Newton in the neighboring northwest Connecticut towns of Cornwall and Winchester, with active dates c. 1845-1880.

This 6 1/4" long, relatively light, .6 T. oz., tipt end with shell bowl, coin silver spoon bears Newton's mark along with the interesting second identifier "AG. SOCT...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1257731 (stock #2153f)
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$365.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1255936 (stock #2138)
Old Friends
$70.00
Baltimore assay standards were particular to that city and bore their own marks.

This 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon reflects that particularity. It is stamped "11 oz." which indicates a silver content between coin and sterling.

It is also marked "S.K & Son," for Samuel Kirk & Son...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1255582 (stock #2134dd)
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$55.00
Produced circa 1860 by New York City's Albert Coles, this pickle fork and knife set are an idiomatic form for the period.

The knife measures 6 7/8" long while the fork measures 6 1/4". The combined weight is approximately 2.1 T. oz., but a substantial portion of this is the filling in the handles.

The pattern is a "Leaf" variant with other elements that resemble common motifs of the time...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254825 (stock #2123nr)
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$155.00
Dating from the 1860s, this pie server features two popular design features of the period. One is the applied classical head of the sort that gave this genre, "Medallion," its name. The second feature is the engine turned surface of the blade. This was a widely used decorative technique at the time, one because it was appealing, and likely two, because it showed off a specialized capacity of the manufacturers.

This measures 9" long and weighs 2.0 T. oz. The blade is 4 1/4 by 2 5/8" at th...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1254379 (stock #2118f)
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$95.00
One of Gorham's earliest line patterns, "Josephine" is a leaf motif that has contemporaneous parallels with designs produced by William Gale and James Watts.

This example is a large, 8 3/4" long, 1.8 T. oz., berry spoon. It has a scallop shell bowl that has an essentially intact gold wash finish on the interior and an enlarged repeat of the leaf motif on the backside heel. The handle has a fancy, feathered script "JL" monogram.

It is in outstanding condition. There is minimal polishing...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1253939 (stock #2113f)
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$250.00
Lengthy for egg spoons, each of these six pieces measures 5 1/2" long. They are also relatively heavy, with the set weighing 5.1 T. oz. They all match, are a "Fiddle Thread," aka "French Thread," design engraved "TCFL" in a feathered script.

Stamped "Bailey & Co.," along with an "eagle, U, shield" pseudo hallmark, these trace to the Philadelphia firm that eventually became Bailey, Banks & Biddle.

According to Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers," the "U" indicate...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1251765 (stock #2090f)
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$65.00
Measuring 6 7/8" long and weighing 1.0 T. oz., this coin silver preserve spoon is stamped "F&H" for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell.

It also carries the retail name of "L.C. Bailey" for Lyman Clapp Bailey of Calais, Maine, which borders Canada and is as about far east as any settled place in the United States.

It is a strikingly fine example of mid 19th century precision bright cut silver that exhibits the same mirror like qualities as diamond facets.

This pieces shows no wear whatso...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1251661 (stock #2089f)
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$55.00
Sperry Douglas Brower 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, 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 (admittedly some time ago now as that publication is aging).

This piece is a 8 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., tablespoon (likely a place spoon in it...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware : Pre 1900 item #1250877 (stock #2080f)
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$145.00
Dating from the mid 1860s, this pedestal base, coin silver master salt is model number "510" as indicated by the stamp on the underside. It is also marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" symbol.

It stands 2 1/8" high, has a top opening of 2", a maximum width of 2 3/8", a base diameter of 1 7/8", and weighs 1.9 T. oz.

The round body has four applied medallion heads (see image 2), two male and two female, the subjects of which were no doubt readily recognized in the period of their makin...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1250768 (stock #2079f)
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$70.00
Dating from the mid 19th century and marked "Duhme," a premier Cincinnati and Midwestern firm, this coin silver master butter knife measures 7 1/4" long and weighs just over 1.0 T. oz.

It has a twisted shank, with a broad, oval handle end. This is precisely engraved in a leaf and scroll period design and engraved "Craig" in script in the center area. The blade has a scalloped upper edge and is also engraved along the top margin. The backside is plain, save for the mark.

It is in excel...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1249399 (stock #2067f)
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$55.00
Dating from very early in the history of the company founded in 1853, this 6 5/8" long, just over .8 T. oz., preserve spoon is stamped "Wm. B. Durgin" and "Pure Coin."

Apparently it was a line pattern given that a variety of pieces still show up, but is unnamed. It has a flat handle with a chiseled looking margin and an extensively bright cut and engraving surface. The backside is plain, save for the marks. The bowl is a shell form with scalloped edges.

It is in exceptionally fine con...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1248911 (stock #2063f)
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$65.00
Stamped "R&W. Wilson." for the Philadelphia partnership dating from the second quarter of the 19th century, this coin silver dinner fork is to a European scale rather than American, and is sometimes referred to as "banquet" size. It measures 8 1/4" long and weighs approximately 2.0 T. oz.

The pattern is a "Thread" aka "French Thread," and appears on the front and back sides. There is a fancy, feathered script "JB" monogram.

The condition is choice estate. There is no polishing wear an...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1247726 (stock #2049f)
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$125.00
A pattern that was made in both coin and sterling silver, "Strawberry" originated with William B. Durgin. This was one of the first die struck designs produced by the company he founded in 1853.

This 8 1/2" long berry, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon is marked "Patent" and "Pure Coin" suggesting it was early in the production history of the pattern. It has a plum-shaped bowl and is engraved "GB" in a fancy, feathered script on the backside.

It is in mint condition. The pattern is completely a...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1900 item #1245845 (stock #2034f)
Old Friends
$80.00
Many 19th century social conventions seem at odds with current practices. Such is the manner of notating gifts or presentations. The first person of interest in today's world is the recipient, while the second one is the giver; the order is "to" and "from." The 19th century practice was typically the reverse of this, with the giver the more significant figure.

That custom is evidenced by the inscription on this large, 9 3/8" long, 2.1 T. oz., coin silver serving spoon. The front is engrav...

 
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