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Charming c. 1865 Engraved Floral Coin Silver Jelly or Sugar Spoon
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4751f   $28.00


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A transition piece likely dating from the 1860s, this item is more sophisticated in design and construction than the hand formed silver of the early decades of the 19th century, but not as intricate or elaborate as manufactured goods from later in the century.

Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing not quite .6 T. oz., it is likely a jelly or preserve spoon, although it could be a large sugar.

The bowl is fluted with scalloped edging, relatively long and narrow at 2 1/4" and 1 1/4"... Click for details

Ball, Tompkins & Black "French Thread" Large Coin Silver Fish Slice
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4737f   $165.00


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The firm whose name appears on this lengthy, 11 1/2" long, heavy at 4.7 T. oz, coin silver fish server operated from 1839 to 1851. Ball, Tompkins & Black was the successor entity to New York City's storied Marquand & Co. and predecessor of equally renowned Ball, Black & Co.

The handle is an upturned French Thread aka Fiddle Thread with a handsome, feathered line script "EG" monogram set sideways on the back.

The slightly cupped blade is broad at 2 1/2" wide, is 6 1/4" long,... Click for details

Butler or Watts, Philadelphia, Twist Handle Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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4727f   $38.00


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Measuring 6 11/16" long and weighing approximately .8 T. oz., this sugar, or possibly preserve, spoon is marked "Coin" and with a "horsehead over chevron" emblem that is variously associated with James Butler, Henry Butler, and Butler McCarty & Co., all Philadelphia and all related.

McGrew in his Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver identifies this as a variant of James Watts, also Philadelphia, primary emblem which is a similar "horsehead over chevron."

Dating circa 1860,... Click for details

G. Loomis & Co., Erie Pennsylvania, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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4723f   $38.00


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Born in Windsor, Connecticut in 1795, Guy Loomis worked in Sheffield in the Berkshire Mountains area of western Massachusetts beginning in 1816, before migrating to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1837, where he died in 1874.

This 6 1/2" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., cream ladle is marked "G. Loomis & Co. Erie," so traces to his Pennsylvania years.

Carefully crafted, it has rounded and beveled shoulders off the bowl, beveled edges along the long central run of the handle, and a finely worked "Tipt"... Click for details

J Westervelt "Medallion" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
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4706f   $95.00


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Located in Newburgh, New York, John L. Westervelt was a significant silver maker of the second half of the 19th century.

Dorothy Rainwater in Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers notes that he produced a "number of standard patterns," plus "at least half a dozen fancier, die struck patterns, including a Medallion pattern," of which this lengthy, 8 1/8", 1.4 T. oz., coin silver master butter knife is an example.

In his foundational work Silver Medallion Flatware, D.... Click for details

Gorham "Cottage" Coin Silver Engraved Bow Ice Cream Server
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4701f   $115.00


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An early example of Gorham's Cottage, which was issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard and continued in production for many years through and beyond the company's transition to sterling in 1868, this 9" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz., ice cream spade is marked "Patent 1861," "Coin," and "Shreve Stanwood & Co.," for the Boston firm that eventually became that city's renowned "Shreve, Crump & Low."

A relatively plain pattern, this is embellished on the handle front with a delicately... Click for details

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Blynn & Baldwin, Columbus, Ohio, "Kings" Coin Silver Large Pie Server
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4657f   $120.00


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Generously scaled, this coin silver server measures 10 1/8" long overall, has a 4 1/2" by 3" at the widest, blade, and weighs 3.3 T. oz.

It is marked "Blynn & Baldwin," for the Columbus, Ohio, pair of jewelers with approximate dates 1850-60.

The handle is in a double-sided "Kings" pattern that almost surely has Philadelphia origins, with kindred patterns illustrated in Catherine Hollan's encyclopedic Philadelphia Silversmiths.

Intended to serve pie or pastry, the blade is a study... Click for details

A.F. Burbank "Olive" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
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4627f   $46.00


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Likely a preserve, although possibly a large sugar, spoon, this piece measures 6 13/16" long and weighs approximately 1.1 T. oz.

An "Olive" pattern, it was made by Farrington & Hunnewell, whose multi-part emblem appears on the handle back but is over stamped by the name of the retailer, "A.F. Burbank," Boston, 1853-67, and Worcester, 1867-80, Massachusetts.

It is also marked "Pure-Coin," which is a characteristically New England term for the silver standard.

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Bailey Kettell & Chapman "Bead" Coin Silver c. 1855 Berry Shovel
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4625f   This item is currently being auctioned


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This lengthy, 9 1/8", and weighty, 3.2 T. oz., berry scoop or shovel has origins in Boston, marked for "Bailey. Kettell & Chapman," 1854-58. It is also stamped "Pure-Coin," which is a characteristic New England term.

The handle is a die struck "Bead" pattern that appears on both the front and back sides. There is a cursive "EWL" monogram inscribed on the reverse.

The generously proportioned, 3 1/2" by 2 3/8", scoop is engraved with a highly detailed and finely rendered motif that portrays... Click for details

coin silver fish slice, Lincoln & Reed, Boston circa 1835,
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Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
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double swell fiddle with short front midrib decoration, length 10 3/4 inches, weight 3.88 oz. Troy, fine condition, monogrammed as shown in fourth enlargement.

Noteworthy for the whimsical and well executed decoration of Poseidon averting his eyes from the sullen stare of one sweaty stallion, and for the foliate scrolled embellishments on handle, which are stylistically "of a piece" with the blade.

Gurney Bro's., Brockton MA, Bright Cut Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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4605f   $44.00


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While the length of a sugar spoon at 5 7/8", this .7 T. oz., coin silver item was no doubt intended for jam or preserves. Victorian custom often employed purpose-related decorative detail on the serving portion of pieces, and given the strawberry fruit, leaves and stem engraved in the ovoid, gold washed bowl of this, the intended function appears self-evident.

The rounded, slightly downturned handle has a tiered end and a front surface that is diamond cut in an intricate design. The overall... Click for details

Englehart, Philadelphia, Twist Handle Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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Measuring 7" long and weighing .9 T. oz., this preserve spoon has a rounded end handle with a tipt backside, a twisted shank, and a shell bowl that is gold washed front and backsides.

The handle is bright cut and wriggle work engraved with a stylized anthemion motif consistent with its Greek Revival design period.

There is a fancy, feathered script, "JOK" monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

It is stamped "Englehart & Son" for the Philadelphia firm established in 1861 and... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell 19th C. Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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4593f   $46.00


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A major name in mid 19th century Boston silver production and retailing, Farrington & Hunnewell was the maker of this 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., coin silver preserve spoon marked "< F & H >."

F&H were masters of bright cut and fine engraving, which this piece illustrates. The work on the front of this portrays anthemion and leaf detailing against a fine line background that mimics engine turning.

The handle has a rounded end with a slight "Tipt" backside, and a shield form reserve,... Click for details

Jacob Harley, Phila., "Antique Tipt Engraved" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
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4565f   $44.00


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The name "Jacob Harley," which appears along with the word "Coin" on the backside of this 6 3/4" long, just under 1.0 T. oz., sugar sifter is best known by virtue of his 1852-61 Philadelphia retail jewelry partnership with Isaac Stauffer.

This item dates from the ten year period when Harley operated on his own after the dissolution of the partnership.

The style is characteristic of its place and time, with a rounded end, engraved, "Antique Tipt" handle.

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Notched & Engraved Handle Gold Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
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4477f   $105.00


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Measuring a lengthy 9" and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this berry is an especially attractive example of mid American 19th century silver flatware.

It has a shaped, notched handle that is bright cut engraved in a leaf and diamond pattern with a central reserve that is inscribed "Hattie" in fine cursive lettering.

The large, 3" by 2", scalloped bowl has a rich gold wash finish on the interior, which is bright cut and wriggle work engraved in the heel in a design which is consonant with that on the... Click for details

A. Stowell "Aesthetic" Engraved Butterfly Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
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4435f   $38.00


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This sugar spoon measures 6" long and weighs .5 T. oz.

It has an "Antique," rounded end, handle that along with the bowl, is engraved in an Aesthetic mode design.

In addition to the non-figural, Eastlake, style elements, the handle features an endearing portraiture of a butterfly alighting upon a wispy, leafy stalk.

The oval bowl has notched edges, a pointed tip, and repeats the engraved theme on the handle, save it is absent a butterfly.

The backside is plain except for the marks,... Click for details

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