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A.J. Evans, Binghamton NY, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4346f   $46.00


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The "eagle, H, bust" pseudo hallmark imprinted on the backside of this 5 7/8" long, weighty feeling approximately 1.0 T. oz., coin silver spoon is attributed to maker Richard Huntington of Utica, New York, 1823-55, and prior, 1811-23, Springfield, Massachusetts.

It is also stamped "A.J. Evans," for Alfred, who operated as a Binghamton, New York jeweler beginning in 1830.

It has a "Fiddle Tipt" handle with a finely rendered, feathered script "NHP" monogram engraved sideways on the front.... Click for details

Shreve, Brown & Co. "Oval Thread" Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4339f   $48.00


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A substantially sized item that measures 7 1/2" long and weighs just under 1.4 T. oz., this master butter knife traces to mid 19th century Boston.

It is stamped "Shreve, Brown & Co.," which was an 1857-60 partnership in the chain of evolution for the firm that eventually became Boston's carriage trade "Shreve, Crump & Low."

It is also marked "Sterling," which is early for this period when coin silver was the prevailing silver standard.

The handle is an upturned "Oval Thread," plain on... Click for details

J.E. Caldwell Twist Handle Engraved Pure Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4338f   $70.00


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Dating from the mid 19th century, this preserve or jelly spoon measures 7 1/4" long and weighs 1.0 T. oz.

It is stamped on the backside of the handle "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for the renowned Philadelphia jeweler and retailer of fine goods, and "Pure Coin," suggesting this piece may have been sourced from a New England manufacturer, given this term was typically used in that area.

It has a twisted central stem, with a broad, plum-shaped, tipt backside, end that is extensively engraved with... Click for details

Tice & Co., Brooklyn, "Oval Thread" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4335f   This item is currently being auctioned


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A mid 19th century, 8 3/4" long, approximately 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon, this piece is marked "Tice & Co.," presumably for Brooklyn, New York jeweler, William R. Tice. The only other firm that incorporates this surname cited in references is "Huntington & Tice," Cincinnati, and not a likely match for this.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with the name "Julia Atwater" inscribed sideways in cursive lettering on the handle front.

The generously-sized bowl is shell form with a... Click for details

Schulz & Fisher, San Francisco, "Pacific" Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4271f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Having rounded, double scroll shoulders, with a triple leaf drop and a different single leaf also flanked by scrolls set mid handle, "Pacific" issued in 1870 by San Francisco's Schulz & Fisher was very much a period design. It is highly reminiscent, for example, of Knowles & Ladd "Crete" and Gorham's "Pompeii," both contemporaneous with "Pacific."

This example is an 8 7/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., pie server marked "coin" for the silver content.

It has a generously proportioned, 4 1/2" by 2 7/8"... Click for details

Philo B. Gilbert, NYC, "Medallion" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Sugar Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4209f   $85.00


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Writing in Silver Medallion Flatware, D. Albert Soeffing comments that "[Philo B.] Gilbert was a prominent New York City manufacturer, working for about thirty years. Although not well know today, he was one of the leading producers of his day."

This 6" long, .8 T. oz., coin silver sugar spoon is an early example of his "Medallion" pattern, marked only "Patent 1867."

Relatively rare, the line is multi-motif, featuring a variety of different helmeted knight's heads facing left. This... Click for details

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Farrington & Hunnewell Bright Cut Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4186f   $44.00


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Marked "F&H" for Boston manufacturer "Farrington & Hunnewell" and "S.M. Hewett" for Putnam, Connecticut jeweler, this 7" long, just over .8 T. oz., piece dates to the mid 19th century.

A slender piece, it is a master butter, or possibly a pickle, knife.

The shoulders of the handle are angular, while the smooth surface is extensively engraved in a diamond cut and wriggle work design that is character of this period Boston silver.

The pattern on this is particularly appealing in that it... Click for details

Ball, Black & Co. Whiting "Le Cordon" Large Coin Silver Tongs
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4131f   $95.00


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A pattern identified with Whiting, "Le Cordon" originated otherwise, as evidenced by this pair of tongs stamped "Ball, Black & Co.," and with an "M."

Dating from the mid 19th century, they are coin silver and large (suitable for ice), measuring 6 1/4" long and weighing 1.9 T. oz.

The "knot" pattern appears on each arm, with the added embellishment of a shield on one. Intended for a monogram, this area remains plain although there is a feathered script "C" engraved on the 5/8" wide arch.... Click for details

R. & W. Wilson "Leaf & Scroll" Heavy Coin Silver Pie Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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The pattern on this 9" long, weighty at 2.8 T. oz., pie server is a "Leaf & Scroll" design that is indigenous to Philadelphia.

It is illustrated in a "handle patterns" unit of Catherine Hollan's Philadelphia Silversmiths, where it is attributed to Robert and William Wilson, a partnership that dates from the second quarter of the 19th century, and their "R.&W. Wilson" mark does appear on the backside of this coin silver piece.

The handle is flat and double die struck, meaning the... Click for details

Wm. W. White "Leaf" Coin Silver Shell Bowl Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4093f   $46.00


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Measuring 6 3/4" long and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this coin silver spoon is stamped with the mark of William Wilson White, New York City, and dates from the mid 19th century.

It is an acanthus "Leaf" pattern with an anthemion and rosette tip.

A preserve or jelly spoon, the shell form bowl is something of a scoop with a deep heel that is decorated on the reverse with the same leaf design as on the handle.

It is finely engraved with an "LLRA" monogram in feathered script lettering.

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Farrington & Hunnewell, Boston, Bright Cut Coin Silver Sauce Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4073f   $55.00


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A major mid 19th century silver manufacturer, Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell produced a number of die cut patterns as well as an extensive array of engraved designs.

This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., shell bowl, sauce or cream ladle, is an especially fine example of the later form.

It has a gracefully arched, broad, "Reverse Tipt" handle that is bright and diamond cut on the front in a floral, leaf, and swag design.

There is a central reserve area that is engraved in a leaf script "W"... Click for details

Gorham "Ionic" Greek Revival Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4032f   $75.00


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One of Gorham's earliest full line patterns, references date it to 1865 although this 7 3/4" long, 1.4 T. oz., solid silver master butter knife is stamped "Patent 1867," indicating a later date and situating it just before the company's conversion to a sterling standard in 1868.

Other marks on this include Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, and the name of the retailer, Philadelphia's "Geo. H. Bechtel."

"Ionic" is a Greek Revival design that incorporates a central rosette with a stylized... Click for details

Zalmon Bostwick, New York, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4023f   $30.00


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Marked with a three part "anchor, diamond with the letters ZB, horse head" hallmark, this 6" long, .9 T. oz., "Tipt" ladle is for cream or sauce.

The maker was Zalmon Bostwick, who was born in Vermont and worked as a silversmith in New York City, 1841-56 according to one source, 1841-52 to another.

A clean piece with a particularly bright, hand polished only, finish, it has a finely rendered, feathered script, "CCI" or "CCJ" monogram set sideways on the handle.

The ovoid bowl measures 1... Click for details

Gorham "Grecian" 1861 Sterling Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4011f   $95.00


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Introduced in 1861, and initially made to a coin silver standard then continued in production beyond the conversion to sterling in 1868, Gorham's "Grecian" features a solid tubular stem capped with an elaborated anthemion or palmette.

This 6 1/2" long, approximately 1.6 T. oz., ladle dates post 1868, as it is marked "Sterling," along with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Patent 1861," and the name of the retailer, Rochester, New York's "Sunderlin & Weaver."

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Gorham "Cottage" Engraved Blade Sterling Silver Pie Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4007f   $110.00


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An early line pattern first issued in 1861 to a coin silver standard, "Cottage" continued in production for many years, through Gorham's transition to sterling in 1868.

This 8 1/2" long, 2.3 T. oz, pie server is marked with the company's "lion, anchor, G" emblem and "Sterling," indicating it dates post 1868.

It has a triangular shaped serving end, with a cupped heel and flanged shoulders and edges. The surface is engraved in an anthemion, leaf and flower, period design.

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McCarty & Hurlbert, Philadelphia, Bright Cut Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths offers dates of 1876-87 for the firm of "McCarty & Hurlbert," the name imprinted on the backside of this 9 1/4" long, 2.4 T. oz., berry spoon, with antecedent firms tracing back to c. 1845.

It is also marked "Coin," which is late for this standard, as most manufacturers had converted to sterling by the 1870s.

It has an "Old English" handle with a tipt backside and a bright cut fine flower and leaf theme on the front.

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