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Rene Beauvais, St. Louis, "Tipt" Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon x 2
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3929f   $58.00


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Norman Mack writes in Missouri's Silver Age, "Francis A. Beauvais and his silversmith brothers, Charles, Rene, and Augustus, were born into a family of artisans."

Their father, Gemini Beauvais, resettled in St. Louis from Montreal, Canada, before 1800, when the former place was yet a village, and the family became a presence in the burgeoning city as it grew vigorously through the 19th century.

Mack offers a lengthy entry on this family, offering particularly extensive detail about... Click for details

Baltimore circa 1830 10.15 Standard Silver Tongs attrib. A.E. Warner
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3926f   $85.00


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This 6" long, 1.3 T. oz., pair of coin silver tongs trace to Baltimore with an approximate 1830 date.

This information can be inferred from the marks, which are singular to Baltimore, and appear in an unusual combination on this particular item.

They include two "10.15" (coin) silver designations, one in italics, and the "head of liberty," used in conjunction with Baltimore assay marks beginning in 1815.

An essay in Maryland Silver published by the Baltimore Museum of Art... Click for details

Bailey & Co., Philadelphia, "Leaf" Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3922f   $65.00


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Likely dating 1855-1862, this sugar sifter measures 7" long and weighs 1.2 T. oz.

It was made and sold by Philadelphia's "Bailey & Co.," and is so marked, along with a "lion, S, shield" with additional "lion," pseudo hallmark that was used while George Sharp was the company's manufacturing manager 1852-c. 1862 (Catherine Hollan Philadelphia Silversmiths).

The "S" indicates sterling, while a like mark with a "U" indicates coin silver, with the former introduced in 1855 (Hollan).... Click for details

R. Fisher Jr., New York, "Reverse Tipt" Large Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3884f   $80.00


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Measuring 8 1/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver item has a generously sized, 2 1/2" diameter, shell-shaped, pierced, bowl and "Reverse Tipt" handle.

Generally identified as a large sugar sifter, there is some argument to be made that pieces this scale from this period were actually early ice spoons.

In either case, it is a fine representation of what it is.

It is stamped "R. Fisher, Jr." and "331 Broad Way, N.Y." on the reverse, for Richard Fisher, working 1846-50, also... Click for details

Benjamin Moody Swan, Augusta Maine, c. 1820 Coin Silver Tablespoon
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3879f   On Hold


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Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this lengthy, 8 7/8", 1.5 T. oz., table serving spoon is marked "B. Swan," for Benjamin Moody Swan, who worked as a silversmith in Augusta, Maine beginning circa 1815.

Fiddle shaped, with a down turned, rounded end, and high, pointed and chamfered shoulders off the bowl, the piece demonstrates quality crafting.

It has a somewhat primitive, feathered script "RA" monogram engraved on the handle front, and remains in very fine condition.... Click for details

Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Berry Spoon circa 1860
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3872f   $110.00


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Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise... Click for details

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Large Philadelphia Bright Cut c. 1860 Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3865f   $48.00


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Weighing a generous 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle.

The join with the handle curves up and is especially thick, lending it... Click for details

Boynton & Woodford, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Cream Ladle
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3792f   $34.00


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Slender, with an elongated handle, this coin silver cream ladle measures 6 1/2" overall and weighs .9 T. oz. It has an oval bowl that is 1 7/8" wide, 1 1/2" back to front, and 1/2" deep.

A "Tipt" pattern, it is stamped "Boynton & Woodford," for the Boston jeweler and "comb maker" with dates 1837-54.

There is a large script "S.A.B." monogram on the backside of the handle.

In very fine condition, it is stylistically appealing and remains a quality example of its form and period. Apart... Click for details

Applied "Medallion" Coin Silver Sardine Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3741f   $95.00


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Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the... Click for details

Pair R.&W. Wilson, Philadelphia, "Tipt" End Coin Master Salt Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3698f   $34.00


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With dates largely corresponding to the second quarter of the 19th century, the Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson was a significant manufacturer, producing a wide array of silver flat and hollow ware.

While modest and unpresuming in terms of function, size, and design, this pair of matching, 3 3/4" long, .5 T. oz. combined, master salt spoons nonetheless reflect the full quality of craft for which the firm was known.

They have broad, upturned, "Tipt" ends, beveled edge... Click for details

Very Rare Coin Silver Claret Ladle by Wood & Hughes, Circa 1845-75
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20181028-02   $145.00


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Offered is a very scarce American coin silver claret ladle by the well-known firm of Wood & Hughes; this piece appears to date to the firm's coin silver period, between about 1845 and 1875. This piece measures about 9 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 25 grams. It is marked with the firm's maker's mark on the flat section in the middle of the handle. The bowl of the ladle is pierced, and the purpose for this was to allow the user to pick up the fruit in a wine or claret punch, without... Click for details

George Sharp "Emperor" Unusual Coin Silver Serving Fork
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3659f   $105.00


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Measuring 7 3/4" long and weighing 2.0 T. oz., this fork has rounded shoulders and three wide and lengthy tines, the outer two of which are splayed.

The form is uncommon and hence of uncertain function. It may be a spinach or toast/bread fork, or for another purpose yet. The proportions assure it is definitely original and not adapted from another piece as, for example, most potato forks are derived from dinner forks.

The maker was George Sharp, Philadelphia, as indicated by his "lion, S,... Click for details

R&W Wilson Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
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3642f   $38.00


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Catherine Hollan in her volume Philadelphia Silver lists 1825-49 as directory dates for the Philadelphia firm of Robert & William William, noting they were referenced in a letter dated 1821, while the firm "continued to be listed in Bywater's and Boyd's directories until 1851."

A wide variety of silver is still found with the company's various marks, the one on this 7 1/8" long master butter knife being "R&W.W."

It is coin silver, with a solid, blunt end, blade, and a hollow, filled... Click for details

Wm. Faber, Philadelphia, c. 1865 "Emperor" Coin Master Butter Knife
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3641f   $45.00


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Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths" lists William Faber as working by 1828 and joined by sons Charles and William as "Faber & Sons" in 1866, which name and firm lasted until 1887.

Producers of fine silver, much of which demonstrated artful bright cut work, the company also produced this die struck pattern that bears strong similarity to one, also unnamed, produced by George Sharp in the same 1860s period (see Old Friends catalogue item 3170), and which in turn is akin to Knowles &... Click for details

C.F. Greenwood, Norfolk VA, Twist & Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spn
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

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3600f   $75.00


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This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

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Durgin "Spray" Pure Coin Silver Engraved Blade Pie Server
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3565f   $130.00


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One of William B. Durgin's earliest patterns, dating circa 1865, and not formally named but commonly called "Spray, this design features a bouquet of woodland flowers and grasses tied by a bow.

This motif appears in the top center of the handle, and is repeated on the lower front at the join with the blade and on the backside heel.

This example is a 9" long, 2.1 T. oz., pie or pastry server. The pointed blade measures 4 1/2" long, 2 3/4" at the widest, and has a cupped heel and flange... Click for details

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