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Bigelow, Kennard "Oval Thread" c. 1870 Sterling Silver Fish Slice
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3532f   $120.00


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Relatively large at 11 1/8" long, and weighty at 3.6 T. oz., this fish slice traces to the transition period between coin and sterling silver. Marked "Bigelow Bros. & Kennard" for the prominent Boston firm, "Sterling," and with an "E," which is probably a journeyman's mark, it dates about 1870.

The pattern is an "Oval Thread" with an Old English "C.E.P." monogram engraved sideways on the handle front.

The blade is atypical in that it is entirely flat whereas the usual fish slice has a... Click for details

Tenney, NYC, "Fiddle Thread" Crested Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3499f   $40.00


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A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

This has an engraved "eagle head" crest in lieu... Click for details

Samuel Hildeburn, Philadelphia, Early 19th C. Coin Siver Tablespoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3498f   $42.00


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Born about 1787 according to Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths and working by the second decade of the 19th century, Samuel Hildeburn became a recognized name among that city's silversmiths.

This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."

It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years.

It is monogrammed "TCR" in feathered script lettering set sideways... Click for details

James Butler, Philadelphia, "Leaf" Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3435f   $55.00


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Identified in Catherine Hollan's work Philadelphia Silversmiths as a member of "the extended Butler-Peters-McCarthy families from New London, CT," James Butler established himself in Philadephia and became closely associated with that city's James Watts with whom he was actually in active partnership as Watts & Butler for one year, 1867.

Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T. oz., preserve spoon, that is similar enough to that used by... Click for details

Farrington & Hunnewell Mid 19th C. Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3419f   $60.00


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Measuring 7" long and weighing not quite 1.0 T. oz., this preserve or jelly spoon traces to Boston, circa 1860.

It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.

The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design. Boston design of the period is often associated with restraint, if not severity, and the embellishment... Click for details

Gorham "Old English" aka "Seal Top" Large Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3386f   $265.00


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Although commonly referred to as "Old English," this pattern is identified in the Gorham archives as "Old English." It follows after an early English pattern that is characterized by a flat disk that surmounts the end of the faceted shank. The disk has a knurled edge, and in this case is engraved with an "E.N.T." monogram.

Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker. Wood & Hughes made a nearly identical pattern with... Click for details

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C.A.W. Crosby Pure Coin Silver Master Butter Knife with Engraved Bird
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3379f   $36.00


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The scroll and leaf pattern on this mid 19th century, 7" long, .9 T. oz., master butter knife was produced by Farrington & Hunnewell, and in this instance retailed by "C.A.W. Crosby," both Boston firms.

A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.

It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.

In good condition, it retains excellent form and... Click for details

James Watts, Retailed by Bechtel, Coin Silver Mid 19th C Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3375f   $85.00


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Having a double Philadelphia provenance, this coin silver spoon is marked with James Watts' horse head emblem, and "George M. Bechtel" for the well-known retailer, 1850-60, later in partnership with George Eno.

It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.

Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.

There is a handsome, feathered... Click for details

Nice Coin Silver Cream Ladle by Newell Matson, With Fluted Bowl
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20171231-04   $19.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver cream or sauce ladle by well-known silversmith Newell Matson, who worked at various times in NY, OH, IL and WI. This piece is engraved 'Cushman' for the original owner, and has a clear maker's mark. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice little coin silver service piece!

Hotchkiss & Schreuder Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3352f   $68.00


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Stamped "H&S" in two circles joined by a diamond for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder, this 8 3/4" long, 1.7 T. oz., berry spoon dates from the 1860s.

It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.

The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside.

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Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Sugar Tongs by Lewis & Smith c1805-11
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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20171221-05   $95.00


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Offered is a fine and rare pair of early American coin silver sugar tongs by the celebrated Philadelphia partnership of Lewis & Smith. Harvey Lewis and Joseph D. Smith worked in partnership from about 1805 to 1811, and produced some of the most finely executed and beautifully engraved silver of their era. Many examples of their excellent hollowware and flatware are extant in public collections.

This piece measures about 6 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 54 grams. It features a... Click for details

Twist Handle & Engraved Coin Silver Shell Bowl Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3294f   $85.00


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Slender and delicate, this piece measures 8 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.2 T. oz.

Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.

This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.

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Brown & Shaver, Utica, NY, Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3209f   $44.00


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Sources indicate that Charles C. Shaver and Henry S. Brown, the makers of this 6 1/2" long, 1.0 T. oz., ladle formed their partnership in 1856.

The partnership only lasted two years as Shaver sold out to Brown in 1858, but whose interest he bought back in 1863. All this history indicates the mark on this piece is rarer than most associated with the Shaver name.

The pattern is one described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design... Click for details

Canfield, Baltimore, 10.15 Standard Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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A large piece measuring 9 1/8" long and weighing a substantial 1.8 T. oz., this spoon dates c. 1835.

It is stamped "Canfield," referencing one of three (later two) brothers, Ira, William and Jared, the majority of whose working years were spent as partners.

The Baltimore Museum of Art reference work, "Maryland Silver," assigns this particular mark to Ira, located in Haddam, Connecticut until c. 1834, and Baltimore after that, where the partnership was situated.

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Gorham "Beaded" Coin Silver Ice Cream Server
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3163f   $115.00


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Marked "Patent 1861," "Beaded" is one of Gorham's earliest line patterns. It was produced for a considerable period of time and made in both coin and sterling silver. This example is marked "Coin," so dates no later than 1868, the year Gorham went to sterling.

It is a large, 9 1/4" long, approximately 2.5 T. oz. ice cream server.

It has an oval blade with two ribs in the interior, notched shoulders, a beveled edge, and a gold washed upper surface. This is shallowly concave and more... Click for details

Gorham "Josephine" Shell Bowl Coin Silver Berry Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3122f   $90.00


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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... Click for details

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