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Tiffany "Castilian" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Sifter
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4624sh   $225.00


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A difficult to find piece in Tiffany's "Castilian" pattern, this sugar sifter measures 5 3/4" long and weighs just under 1.6 T. oz.

It has an oval, 2 3/8" by 1 7/8" by 1/2" deep, pierced bowl with a flange rim (see image 2).

The design is clean-lined and presents as somewhat formal, which, while not Art Deco per se, is certainly consistent with that trend dominant in the 1929 date this was issued.

The handle front is engraved with an Old English "S" monogram.

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Wood & Hughes "Angelo" Large Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4623f   $135.00


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This lengthy at 9 1/8", and weighty at just under 2.5 T. oz, spoon was produced by Wood Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem and "Sterling" appear alongside the patent date.

The pattern is "Angelo" which is a Renaissance Revival design that also shows Persian stylistic influences.

Having a large, 3 3/4" long by 2 3/8" at the widest, bowl, this is likely a salad serving spoon, although it certainly could function as a rice or platter piece.

The bowl has fluted or coffered shoulders and is engraved... Click for details

Very Good Pair of Lancaster Birdback Spoons by Wm. Haverstick c.1795
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210616-01   $145.00


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Offered is a lovely pair of early Lancaster coin silver birdback teaspoons by noted silversmith William Haverstick, Sr. (1756-1823), who worked first in Philadelphia and then from 1795 in Lancaster. By style, these spoons should date to his Lancaster period, and very early on in that period. These spoons measure about 5 3/8 inches in length, and the pair weighs about 19 grams. Each has a clear, well-struck maker's mark and an excellent engraved script "AW" monogram. The die-struck bird... Click for details

International "Frontenac" Sterling Silver Original Tete-a-Tete Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4622sh   On Hold


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An early example of International's Art Nouveau lily pattern "Frontenac," this pair of tongs are marked with the company's Simpson, Hall, Miller division "helmet and shield" emblem, "Pat.," and "Sterling."

Measuring 3 5/8" long and weighing .6 T. oz., this small size sugar tong is identified as a tete-a-tete, intended to be used for intimate teas.

They have stylized claw grip tongs, a wide arch and are monogrammed with a script letter "M" on one arm.

In very fine estate condition, they... Click for details

Exceptional Bright Cut 18th Century Tablespoon, James Byrne c.1785-95
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20210615-01   On Hold


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Offered is a truly lovely early American coin silver table spoon by noted silversmith James Byrne, working in Philadelphia, PA circa 1784-1788; New York, NY circa 1789-1799; Elizabeth, NJ circa 1799; and New York, NY circa 1800. This piece is markedly Philadelphia in style and was probably made between 1784 and 1788 during Byrne's tenure there, but could also date to his New York years. The maker's mark on this piece is clear and crisp, and was used in the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by... Click for details

Welles & Strong, Hartford CT, "Tipt" Coin Silver Serving Spoon x 3
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4621f   $45.00


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Exceptionally well crafted, and in flawless condition, this coin silver place or serving spoon measures 8 1/2" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.

A "Tipt" end pattern, it is marked "Welles & Strong" flanked by an eagle to left and a star to the right, for the Hartford, Connecticut partnership with dates 1841-45.

It is engraved with an elegantly rendered, feathered script, "C C" monogram set sideways on the handle front.

As suggested above, this remains in like-new condition, absent wear or... Click for details

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coin silver fish slice, Lincoln & Reed, Boston circa 1835,
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2436   $150.00


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double swell fiddle with short front midrib decoration, length 10 3/4 inches, weight 3.88 oz. Troy, fine condition, monogrammed as shown in fourth enlargement.

Noteworthy for the whimsical and well executed decoration of Poseidon averting his eyes from the sullen stare of one sweaty stallion, and for the foliate scrolled embellishments on handle, which are stylistically "of a piece" with the blade.

Knowles "Apollo" Pierced Bowl Large Sterling Silver Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4620sh   $110.00


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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.4 T. oz., this piece has a large, 3 1/2" by 3" by 3/4" deep, reticulated bowl.

The form suggests a Saratoga chip server, although it is some small for this. Another possibility is that it is a bonbonniere.

In either case, it is an extravagant item made by Knowles (later Mount Vernon) in the "Apollo" pattern, which is a late Victorian design that incorporates rose, bead, and scroll elements.

The bowl has a ribbed interior interspersed... Click for details

Philadelphia Teaspoon w/Rare Initials-Only Mark for Benjamin Robinson
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210613-05   $25.00


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Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon that is Philadelphia in form, and bears the maker's mark of B.R in a serrated punch; this mark appears to be an initials-only mark for Benjamin Robinson (1818-44), and the letters are closely related to his B.ROBINSON mark in a serrated punch. This is an attribution, but a fairly solid one. This piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. It is decorated with a period engraved script "AR" monogram. This piece is in... Click for details

Very Rare Lititz, PA Coin Silver Spoon Circa 1825 by Francis Lennert
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210613-04   $47.50


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Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by Lititz silversmith and watchmaker Francis (Frantz) Lewis Lennert (1805-72), who played the serpent in the village music scene, and who lived with his mother and worked out of his home. He produced few surviving pieces; this is only the second spoon of his that I've seen. This piece is in fairly good condition, with some wear and small dings, but no splits or repairs. Please review all of the pictures. It has a well-executed... Click for details

Very Rare Cincinnati Coin Silver Spoon by Nathan, Escales & Co.
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210613-01   $45.00


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Offered is a very rare example of the work and mark of the Cincinnati firm of Nathan, Escales & Co. (Max Nathan, Morris Escales, and Joseph Levy), working for a couple of years in the late 1850s. The firm was located at 100 Walnut Street, between Pearl and Third Streets. An 1859 ad in "The American Israelite" provided this information. The firm appears to have been catering to the Jewish community of Cincinnati, and was made up of members of that community - as such, this spoon might be... Click for details

Watson "Victoria New" Sterling Silver Pierced Blade Croquette Server
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4619sh   $115.00


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A 7 5/8" long, just over 1.8 T. oz. item, this has a large, approximately 3" square, intricately reticulated serving end with a cupped heel and five rounded prongs at the end (see image 2).

A croquette server, the pattern is "Victoria New" by Watson, whose "crown, lion, W" emblem appears on the handle backside, along with "Sterling" and the name of the retailer, Boston's "A. Stowell & Co. Inc."

Issued in 1900, "Victoria New" bears marked similarity to Gorham's popular "Chantilly" that was... Click for details

Wilson McGrew, Cincinnati, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4617f   $48.00


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The Cincinnati Art Museum holds an essentially matching piece to this 8 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., table or serving spoon. The Museum's example is shown in Figure 81 of Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940.

Coin silver, this was made by Wilson McGrew, c. 1840-56, and carries his mark on the backside.

It has a pronounced "Fiddle" shaped handle with a "Tipt" end, and high, angular and chamfered, shoulders, all characteristic of a silver style of this region and period.

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Whiting "Violet" Old Sterling Silver Table Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4616sh   $52.00


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Measuring 5 5/8" long and weighing 1.6 T. oz., this serving, aka table, spoon is an early example of Whiting's 1905 "Violet" pattern, marked with the company "lion" logo, "Sterling," "Pat. App. For," an Old English "O," and an "M," which might be a weight designation (medium).

An Art Nouveau design, this features violet blossoms on the end and midpoint of the handle, along with trailing, sinuous, stems the full length of the handle, ending with a leaf detail at the join with the handle.... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "No. 10" Sterling Silver Chocolate Muddler
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4612sh   $75.00


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Readily identifiable from their length and round bowl spoon, chocolate muddlers are designed to reach deep inside tall chocolate pots to stir any settled powder on the bottom.

This example measuring 7 1/2" long and weighing 1.3 T. oz. was made by Dominick & Haff in the "No. 10" pattern.

A dense yet delicate multi-floral design dominated by a single chrysanthemum set at the handle end, "No. 10" was patented in 1896, as marked on backside.

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James Watts, Phila., Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Shovel
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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4611f   On Hold


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A form popular in the mid 19th century, this shovel style serving piece was for berries, although it is often identified as a cracker scoop.

This example is 8 7/8" long, weighs 2.2 T. oz., and is marked "James Watts," along with his "horsehead over shield" emblem and the word "Coin."

The handle has a twisted stem and boldly shaped upper portion that is engraved in a leaf and palmetto design with wriggle work detailing. This is all characteristically Philadelphia in manner, and readily... Click for details

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