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John Westervelt "Cone" Heavy Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4585f   $65.00


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Stamped with the "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark of maker John L. Westervelt of Newburgh, New York, and the name "Andrew Dunn" of Fort Plain, New York, this master butter knife measures 7 1/2" long and weighs a substantial 1.4 T. oz.

The pattern is "Cone," dating circa 1860, and features ivy and other leaves, along with anthemion and bellflower detail set on a shaped handle, all of which is suggestive of the Greek Revival design mode of the period.

The 1" wide, broad, blade is set at a... Click for details

Reed & Barton "La Parisienne" Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4577f   $345.00


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"La Parisienne" was one of several highly expressive Art Nouveau patterns, among them "Love Disarmed," "Les Six Fleurs," and "Francis I," that Reed & Barton issued in the early 20th century that represented some of the best of American Art Nouveau flatware design.

Multi-motif, it incorporates various flowers, each relative to the piece.

This example, an original issue salad serving spoon (also suitable as a casserole, vegetable, or rice piece) features a central iris blossom set in high... Click for details

Jacob Harley, Phila., "Antique Tipt Engraved" Coin Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4565f   $46.00


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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.

There is a block letter "JFS"... Click for details

Fine 18th Century Coin Silver Tablespoon by Joseph Shoemaker of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210416-03   Sold


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Offered is a lovely 18th Century American coin silver table spoon by noted Quaker silversmith Joseph Shoemaker, working in Philadelphia circa 1785-1829. This particular piece dates to about 1790-1800. It has a legible maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. Interestingly, it also still has an accompanying tag from Gebelein, who not only made reproductions of colonial silver, but also sold many fine pieces of early American silver. This tablespoon measures about 9 1/4 inches in... Click for details

Alabama Coin Silver Teaspoon by James Conning, w/City Mark for Mobile
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210416-02   $47.50


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Offered is a nice Alabama coin silver spoon by noted tradesman James Conning, circa 1841-60. This piece has a clear mark for Conning and a legible city mark for Mobile. It also has a period engraved script set of initials. This spoon measures about 6 1/8 inches in length, and weighs about 22 grams. Condition is fair overall, with minor tip wear and a dent to the bowl, as well as some modest ripples in the handle. All in all a nice Southern coin silver spoon!

Lovely Spade-Form Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Jacob Stockman of Phila.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210416-01   $24.00


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Offered is a very good American coin silver salt spoon in an attractive form, with a spade-shaped bowl. This piece bears one of the maker's marks of noted Philadelphia silversmiths Jacob Stockman, and it dates to about 1830-50. The maker's mark is mostly legible, and this piece also has a period engraved script monogram. This piece measures about 3 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is very good overall with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a great example of... Click for details

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Mulford Wendell & Co., Albany, "Grape" Six Matching Coin Silver Teaspo
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4562f   $132.00


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With a history that traces to Shepherd & Boyd located in Albany, New York, in the early part of the 19th century, Mulford, Wendell & Co. was established under that name in 1843.

The "Grape" pattern on these six, 6 1/16" long, 4.4 T. oz. the group, teaspoons is a pattern that, while marked for this company, is attributed to Whiting and was in fact patented by Michael Gibney in 1855, with this date imprinted on the backsides of these.

A charming design that features two clusters of grapes on... Click for details

12 early American silver FIDDLE SHELL dessert spoons, Shepherd & Boyd
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2430   $595.00


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Albany circa 1820, length 6 7/8 inches, total Troy weight 14.03 ounces, monogrammed "MM" in period script with flourishes, looking pretty much the same way they did upon leaving Messrs Shepherd & Boyd's establishment just over two hundred years ago.

Finding a set of twelve coin silver dessert spoons in any pattern is rare, but I'm hard pressed to think of the last time we had the privilege to offer a group of this quality (note the "flat" at the tip of each spoon) and decorative appeal. ... Click for details

Whiting "Antique Tip(t)" 1860s Coin Silver Place Fork x 3
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4552f   $44.00


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References assign an 1880 introduction date for Whiting's "Antique Tip" aka "Antique Tipt" pattern made in sterling, but this fork is an example of an earlier, 1860s, version made to a coin standard.

Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.2 T. oz., this is a lunch, or simply a regular or place, piece.

It is characterized by a narrow shank that broadens widely, comes to a point at an unturned end which has a raised scroll and diamond drop that looks something like a... Click for details

Rare Early Virginia Coffin-End Teaspoon by Thomas McCowat of Leesburg
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210324-01   Sold


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Offered is a very rare early Southern coin silver teaspoon by noted silversmith Thomas McCowat, who worked in Leesburg, Virginia between about 1804-21, in Frankfort, Kentucky around 1823, and in Nashville and Jackson, Tennessee thereafter. By style, this piece should certainly date to early in McCowat's Leesburg years, probably prior to 1810. McCowat's work is quite uncommon, and this piece is a good example of his work, both for the legible maker's mark as well as for the coffin-end style... Click for details

Theodore Evans NYC 1857 Coin Silver Julep Cup aka Beaker
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

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4541f   On Hold


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Standing 3 1/4" high, this coin silver vessel has a top span of 2 3/4", a bottom diameter of 2 1/4", and weighs 3.5 T. oz.

A true beaker, i.e. not adapted from a mug, and more commonly identified today as a julep cup, this is marked with the three part emblem of Theodore Evans & Co. (New York City, 1855-65) which includes the specific 1857 date of manufacture, and a large number "2" which is probably an item designation.

Plain-walled, it has applied rims with beaded detailing top and... Click for details

Gray & Libby, Boston, "Olive" Large Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4539f   $52.00


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Lengthy and unusually heavy at 7 3/4" and 1.9 T. oz. respectively, this master butter knife is marked "Gray & Libby." for the Boston firm with dates 1850-81.

The "Olive" pattern on this, however, suggests it may have been made by Farrington & Hunnewell, also a Boston operation and with which this period American design was strongly associated, and retailed by Gray & Libby.

The design appears on both sides of the curved handle, with the backside engraved with an Old English "J" or "I"... Click for details

Jasper Stone (F&H) c. 1850 Six "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4534f   $95.00


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These six, matching, circa 1850, teaspoons measure 6" long each, weigh just over 3.2 T. oz. the group, and all have the same flowing script "LMJ" monogram engraved on the handle backsides.

Five of the six are stamped "Coin" and "Jasper Stone" who was a Charlestown (a neighborhood in Boston and the location of Bunker Hill of Revolutionary War fame), Massachusetts jeweler, while one is marked "Farrington & Hunnewell" for the Boston manufacturer, which company was obviously the source for all... Click for details

Important Set of 4 Maysville, KY Tspns by J. S. Gilpin - Unrecorded Mk
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210314-01   $265.00


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Offered is a very good set of Kentucky coin silver teaspoons by noted Maysville silversmith and watchmaker Joseph S. Gilpin, who was established in Maysville by the 1830s. His jewelry shop was robbed there in 1842, and he was robbed again by Union troops during the war. He died sometime between 1865 and 1867.

These spoons each have a period engraved script monogram, and each has a good legible maker's mark, some slightly rubbed. The interesting thing about these particular spoons is... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon with Good Engraving by James Peters
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210312-02   $24.00


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Offered is a good example of a Philadelphia coin silver spoon, in this case by noted silversmith James Peters, working circa 1813-50. This spoon is probably from the 1830s. It is expertly engraved "AE" in period script, and has a good legible maker's mark for Peters as well as a rubbed standard mark. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall, with some small dings to the bowl but no splits or repairs. All in all a good usable piece... Click for details

Excellent Delaware Coin Silver Spoon by J. F. Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210312-01   $37.50


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Offered is a very fine American coin silver teaspoon bearing a period engraved script monogram and the maker's mark of J.F.ROBINSON; this mark has been attributed both to John Foulk Robinson (1812-67), working in Wilmington, Delaware, and to his brother Jacob F. Robinson (1819-67), who started out in Delaware but who worked in Indiana in the 1850s and then to Paris, Kentucky in the 1860s. The style of this piece is classic Delaware/Pennsylvania, and so most likely made in Wilmington by one... Click for details

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