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

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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

NFS - Interesting Twist-Arm Sugar Tongs Circa 1790-1810 Marked SR
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
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This piece is not for sale, but help me solve the mystery of who made this piece, and I will send you a very nice coin silver spoon in thanks! These twist-arm American coin silver sugar tongs measure about 7 1/8 inches in length and weigh about 49 grams. The maker's mark is a fairly crude SR in a serrated punch. Please take a look at all the pictures. The engraved arms and circular reserve might indicate a Western Pennsylvania or Midwestern, or perhaps Shenandoah Valley origin, but so far... Click for details

4 MEDALLION coffee spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2370   $125.00


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In what Donald Soeffing has lovingly labeled a "naive" pattern (see Medallion Silver, p. 95); 4 7/8 inches long; weight 2.13 Troy ounces, fine condition; no monogram; applied warrior's head in high relief surrounded by engraving; marked only "COIN 1".

These are far above average in terms of quality, condition, and design.

J.L. Moore, NYC, "French Thread" Heavy Coin Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
3664f   $32.00


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Weighing a substantial 1.6 T. oz., and measuring 7" long, this piece is variously identified as a place, dessert, or oval soup spoon.

It is in a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern and marked "J[ared].L. Moore" for the New York City jeweler and watchmaker working during the second quarter of the 19th century.

The name "Settle" is engraved in script on the handle front, set sideways.

It is in very fine condition, free of polishing wear or other signs of use, and having a bright,... Click for details

Gorham c. 1858 Lion Footed Large Coin Silver Master Salt, Indianapolis
Silver : Coin Silver : Hollowware

Old Friends  
3663f   $160.00


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One of Gorham's earliest coin silver master salts, this is also an exceptionally fine example of the form.

Model number "18," as identified on the underside, along with the rare "left lion" version of Gorham's hallmark, the word "Coin," and the name of the retailer, "W.H. Talbot & Co.," (more commonly spelled "Talbott") of Indianapolis.

This is large, measuring 3" by 2 1/4" by 1 5/8" high, and robust weight at just over 2.4 T. oz.

These dimensions are all consistent with those offered... Click for details

Important Set of Four Washington, DC Dessert Spoons by Bentley & Wood
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-18   $750.00


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Offered is an extraordinary set of four early American coin silver dessert spoons by Washington, DC silversmiths Joseph Bentley and William Wood, circa 1809. This brief partnership, conducted at the Washington Navy Yard, lasted only from December 1808 through the end of August 1809, when it was dissolved by mutual consent. Silver bearing the mark of this partnership is of course extremely rare, and this set of dessert spoons with extremely well preserved maker's marks is very likely the best... Click for details

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Superb Group of Coin Silver Spoons by Lewis & Smith and Edward Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-15   $165.00


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Offered is an excellent pair of Philadelphia coin silver dessert spoons by noted silversmiths Lewis & Smith, circa 1805-11, with a pair of Philadelphia coin silver teaspoons by Edward Lownes of the same date, all bearing the same exceptionally engraved period script monogram. These spoons were located separately many years apart, but originate from the same service and have now been reunited. The dessert spoons measure about 6 7/8 inches in length and the teaspoons about 5 7/8 inches in... Click for details

Good Coin Silver Teaspoon by Guy Loomis of Sheffield, MA and Erie, PA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-07   $24.00


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Offered is a very nice American coin silver teaspoon by silversmith Guy Loomis circa 1825-45; it has a clear maker's mark for Loomis and is engraved with period script initials "LL" for the original owner. By style, it could date either to Loomis' time in Sheffield, Massachusetts (circa 1816-37), or to his Erie period, from 1837 to 1874. This piece measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is excellent overall, with minor signs of wear from normal use, but... Click for details

Fine Coin Silver Salt Spoon in Fiddlethread Pattern - Thomas Whartenby
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Early Patterns

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181021-05   $27.50


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Offered is an excellent early American coin silver master salt spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Whartenby, and bearing one of his many maker's marks. This piece is engraved "Sarah Wilson" to the reverse in period script. The maker's mark is clear and legible. This piece measures about 3 11/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is very good, with minor wear from normal use but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a lovely example of this mark... Click for details

George Sharp "Emperor" Unusual Coin Silver Serving Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
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

coin silver Medallion olive spoon/spear
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2364   Sold


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length 12 1/2 inches, weight 1.04 Troy ounces, monogrammed "T" (obverse, see second photo), excellent condition, unmarked.

The attractively engraved shield in bowl lends this an elegance which will uplift your entire martini routine.

Lancaster Coin Silver Teaspoon with Maker's Mark of "Zahm's Corner"
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181014-03   $32.50


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon with a very unusual maker's mark of Zahm's Corner. This refers to the shop in the late 1860s or 1870s run by the silversmith E. J. Zahm. The shop was at the corner of N. Queen St. and Center Square. This piece measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is good, with modest wear from normal use but no dents aside from normal small dimples, and no splits or repairs. All in all a lovely example from the... Click for details

Kentucky Silver Teaspoon by G. A. Schultz, Pate Family of Louisville
Silver : Coin Silver : Southern

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20181013-03   $17.50


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Offered is a nice Kentucky silver teaspoon from the Louisville establishment of Gustav Adolph Schultz (b. 1842, d. 1892), engraved for the Pate family of that city. Please see my other listings for three tablespoons and a table fork from the same service. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 21 grams. It bears a manufacturer's mark for Wood & Hughes and a retailer's mark of G.A.SCHULTZ. It probably dates to the very early 1870s. Condition is fair at best, as there... Click for details

R&W Wilson Hollow Handle Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
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
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Old Friends  
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

Alvin "Cherub" Sterling Silver Youth Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

Old Friends  
3640f   $62.00


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A charming composition, this 6 3/4" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife incorporates a cherub-like child sitting on a floral garland swing, surrounded by an open, scrolled border that is situated above a raised heart. The handle end is surmounted by a basket of flowers.

A non-line, meaning it was not produced in a full service, flat handle, pattern, it is stamped on the blade "Sterling," and with Alvin's early lion emblem. The quality of design and execution is equal to such other well-regarded... Click for details

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