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Fine Hamilton or Cincinnati, Ohio Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Budd
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201127-02   $35.00


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Offered is a good Ohio coin silver teaspoon by little-known silversmith Joseph Budd, whose biographical information appears below. I'll be listing other items by Budd from a small collection in the coming days. This teaspoon is engraved "HLS" in period script and bears a clear maker's mark (the smaller of two known marks for Budd).

See my other listings for a pair of teaspoons from the same family, engraved "HMS".

This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weigh about 13... Click for details

Wolcott & Gelston, Boston c. 1825, "Shell End" 5 Coin Silver Teaspoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4418f   $70.00


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Measuring a lengthy 6 1/4" each and weighing 2.7 T. oz. the group, this matched set of teaspoons are marked for the Boston partnership of "Wolcott & Gelson" (1820-30).

The Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver by Flynt & Fales suggests that Henry Wolcott was the principal member of the pairing. According to a curious detail in the biographical entry from the above, Wolcott died at about 33 years old, and it was in a probate filing that his widow identified that half his assets... Click for details

B. Pitman, New Bedford MA, "Tipt" Pure Coin Silver Shell Bowl Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4408f   $55.00


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A jelly or large sugar spoon, this piece measures 6 3/4" long and weighs .8 T. oz.

It has a "Tipt" handle and a shell-shaped bowl with a deep, flattened, heel, and rounded shoulders.

With a likely 1840s date, it is stamped on the reverse "B. Pitman," "New Bedford," and "Pure Coin," with this last term used largely in New England.

Benjamin Pitman was one of the most recognizable names among 19th century silversmiths in a city made prosperous in this period from the proceeds of the whaling... Click for details

S. Richard NYC 19th Century Coin Silver Patterned Pickle Knife & Fork
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4402f   $85.00


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A matched set, this c. 1835, coin silver, 6 5/8" long, likely pickle, fork and 7 1/2" knife, 2.8 T. oz. combined weight, are marked "S. Richard" for the New York City silversmith Stephen Richard.

The handles are filled (which is included in the total weight above), and feature a complex, double-sided, pattern that incorporates leaves, scrolls, flowerets, and two kinds of shells, one that is spiraled and one that appears to be a conch.

The pattern may be attributable to Richard's... Click for details

Duhme, Cincinnati, Twist Handle Engraved Four Coin Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4400f   $180.00


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A matched set, each of these four place, aka dessert or soup, spoons measures 7 1/8" long, with the group weighing 5.0 T. oz.

They are all stamped "Duhme & Co.," for the Cincinnati manufacturer and jeweler, and all have the same feathered "TGM" monogram inscribed sideways on their handle.

The pattern is "No. 1," introduced in 1869.

These have twisted stems with flat, oval, ends, which are engraved with wriggle work borders as well as leaf and other period detailing."

An online... Click for details

Shreve & Co. San Francisco "French Thread" 6 Coin Silver Place Spoons
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4397f   $325.00


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Very early examples of San Francisco marked flatware, this set of six, matched, 8 3/8" long, 10.9 T. oz. the lot, coin silver spoons date circa 1860.

They are stamped on backsides "G.C. Shreve & Co., which firm according to an entry in Dorothy Rainwater's Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, was established in 1852.

It eventually became the West Coast's premier jeweler and silver manufacturer.

In its early years, however, as noted by Rainwater, flatware was sourced from... Click for details

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Fiddlethread Coin Silver Teaspoon by Oscar S. Jennings, NY and LA
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201025-01   $32.50


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Offered is a nice and scarce American coin silver teaspoon in the fiddle and thread (fiddlethread) pattern, by Oscar S. Jennings, working in New York circa 1837-58 and in New Orleans around 1860-62. The fiddlethread pattern was popular in both New York and New Orleans throughout Jennings' working period, but it seems he was mostly focused on selling pistols and swords in New Orleans during the beginning of the Civil War - it's more likely, though not certain, that this spoon dates to his New... Click for details

A.E. Lyon "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Large Spoon with Period Monogram
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4390f   $46.00


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Otherwise typical of "Fiddle Tipt" pattern coin silver flatware of its mid 19th century period, this 8 5/8" long, 1.4 T. oz., table or serving spoon stands apart by virtue of its exquisitely rendered, high style, Victorian "CMG" entwined monogram.

An inch and a half high and three-quarters of an inch wide, it sits boldly on the handle front. Hand engraved, it employs fine line, stippling, and wriggle work detailing.

In very good condition, this is without damage or evident wear. The bowl... Click for details

Good Carlisle, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon by George Hendel, Circa 1800
Silver : Coin Silver : 18th and Early 19th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20201021-01   $42.50


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Offered is a nice and scarce American coin silver teaspoon dating to around the beginning of the 19th Century and made by George Hendel, a celebrated silversmith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 2009, a tea service by Hendel sold at auction for $90,000. This teaspoon is slightly more affordable. It has a legible maker's mark of GH in an oval, and a period engraved script monogram of TMcM. This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fairly good, with... Click for details

Akerly & Briggs NYC circa 1845 "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4382f   $18.00


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This slightly oversized at 6 1/8" long, just under .5 T. oz. (14 grams), coin silver teaspoon is a particular fine example, exceptionally well-designed and crafted, in pristine condition, and with a brilliant finish.

Note: there is one scratched area on the handle backside, evidence of someone confirming the purity of this. Resistant to hand polishing, it could be eliminated by buffing.

It has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a slight "Tipt" backside, high, rounded, shoulders, a plain drop,... Click for details

William Gale & Son "Italian" Sterling Silver Place Fork x 5
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4380f   $46.00


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Patented in 1860, and so stamped on the reverse, the pattern on this 7 3/8" long, just over 1.5 T. oz., fork is "Italian," which is very much a period design. It incorporates gadrooning, beading, leaves, and an anthemion tip, much akin in composition to contemporaneous maker John Polhamus's "Armor."

It is also stamped "Wm. Gale & Son" for one of the many partnerships of maker William Gale, this one dating 1862-66 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

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R&W Wilson "King" aka "Honeysuckle" Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4365f   $46.00


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Measuring 7 1/16" long and substantial weight at just under 1.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver master butter knife has a flat handle on a plane with the blade.

Stamped "R&W. Wilson Philad" on the blade backside, it was made by brothers Robert and William with dates spanning the second quarter of the 19th century.

The pattern is a "King," and more specifically what Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths identifies as a "Honeysuckle" variant for the stylized floral element set... Click for details

Fine Decorated Teaspoon Circa 1815, by "T.B" - Timothy Bonticou of GA?
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20200922-01   $45.00


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Offered is a lovely early American coin silver teaspoon by a maker with a well-made "T.B" mark, circa 1805-15. Although this mark has been given to Newburyport, Mass. silversmith Theophilus Bradbury in one book on the basis of a single spoon with no provenance, that spoon and the several others I'm aware of with this mark have essentially nothing in common with Bradbury's known work, so he can be largely discounted as the putative maker of this piece. William Voss' American Silversmiths website... Click for details

Westervelt for Halliwell "Oval Thread" Six Coin Silver Place Forks
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4352f   $210.00


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Mid 19th century Hudson River Valley in origin, these six, 6 7/8" long, 6.8 T. oz. the lot, coin silver tea or dessert forks are all stamped with the "star, lion, D" pseudo hallmark of Newburgh silversmith John L. Westervelt, and the name "G[eorge]. W. Halliwell," for the nearby Poughkeepsie silversmith and jeweler.

The are an "Oval Thread" pattern, with each piece engraved with a script letter "M.H.H." monogram set sideways on the handle.

A matched set of forks of this vintage is a... Click for details

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

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