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Nice Set of 4 Decorated Scottish Sterling Silver Spoons, Glasgow 1891
Silver : Sterling

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20211117-06   $45.00


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Offered is an interesting set of four 19th Century Scottish sterling silver tea or coffee spoons embossed or decorated with what appears to be a grape vine motif, fully hallmarked for a maker of T&Co., and Glasgow, 1891. These spoons measure about 4 7/8 inches in length, and the set weighs about 57 grams altogether. Condition ranges from good to fair, with some two spoons in basically good condition with modest wear, and two having bowls out of round or slightly dimpled. It's still worth... Click for details

Coin Silver Sauce or Cream Ladle by Joseph S. Porter, Utica, New York
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20211117-05   $22.50


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Offered is a lovely American coin silver cream or sauce ladle by Joseph Sewall Porter (1783-1862), working in Utica, NY circa 1803-62. This ladle probably dates to about 1820-35, by style. It has sugarloaf shoulders common to Utica silver, and a period engraved script monogram of "DB". It also has a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a later (but 19th Century) engraved date of 1806 to the reverse. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 19 grams. It is in very... Click for details

Worn Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Joseph Lownes
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20211117-04   $14.00


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Offered is a beat-up late 18th or early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Lownes (1758-1820). This piece has a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a worn period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 5/16 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. Condition is fair at best, with some dings and tip wear, and a fair amount of surface wear. There are no splits or repairs noted. I'd rather not see it scrapped, and it could still serve... Click for details

Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Stauffer & Harley, Circa 1859
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20211117-03   $19.50


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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon by the Philadelphia partnership of Stauffer & Harley, working from the early 1850s through the early 1860s. This piece is engraved with a period script monogram as well as the date 1859 to the reverse, and may date to around that time - though the engraved date would probably be a little later. This piece also has a clear, well-struck maker's mark or retailer's mark. This spoon measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. It... Click for details

City-Marked Coin Silver Spoon by Downing & Phelps of Newark, c.1810-15
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20210117-02   $45.00


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Offered is a good American coin silver teaspoon by Newark, New Jersey silversmiths George R. Downing and and Silas Phelps, working as Downing & Phelps circa 1810-15. This spoon has a very clear maker's mark and a nicely struck city mark for Newark. It also has a period engraved script monogram. This teaspoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest tip and surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely... Click for details

Late 18th Century Chambersburg,PA Coin Silver Spoon by Charles Young
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20210117-01   $45.00


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Offered is a scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Chambersburg, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith Charles Young (fl. 1791-1833), circa 1791-1800. It is unusual to find such early American silver from a Chambersburg craftsman, and Charles Young's work is rare.

This spoon is marked with a clear strike of Charles Young's maker's mark (see pictures), and this spoon is also decorated with a period engraved script monogram. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length, and... Click for details

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Whiting "Dresden" Large Solid Sterling Sterling Ice Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4474f   This item is currently being auctioned


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Large scale, this all silver item measures 7 3/4" long and weighs 3.0 T. oz.

Ice tongs (which could readily be used for salad), they have a 1 1/2" diameter embossed bowl with scalloped edges at the end of one arm, and a cut leaf shaped grip on the other.

The arch is wide, 1" across, and reinforced for strength, and without a monogram or inscription.

The pattern is "Dresden," dating from the late 19th century. It incorporates an array of raised, finely rendered, perhaps forget-me-not or... Click for details

A.E.B. Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Early 19th Century Footed Bowl
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4473f   $240.00


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Standing 4 1/2" tall overall on a splayed, 2 1/2" high, pedestal foot that is 3" across on the bottom, and with a bowl measuring 4 1/2" across, this solid silver piece weighs 7.2 T. oz.

Designed and executed in an Arts & Crafts manner, and likely dating from the early 20th century, it appears to be hand formed, showing, for example, distinct hammering marks on the underside of the foot that carry through very subtly to the exterior surface.

The bowl, which somewhat resembles an urn or pot,... Click for details

Taxco Uxmal Modernist Sterling Silver Sauce or Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4471f   $70.00


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Measuring 6 1/2" long and weighing approximately 1.7 T. oz., this ladle has a round, 1 3/4" diameter, 3/4" deep, double spouted bowl.

It is stamped "Sterling" over "Taxco," for the Mexican silversmithing center, and "Uxmal," who were apparently a multi-generational family of silver and jewelry crafters.

Modernist in style, and likely dating sometime from the middle of the 20th century, it has a plain band, tapered handle that folds over on the end and is twisted in a ribbon like manner on... Click for details

Gorham Old "Chantilly-Duchess" Sterling Silver Butter or Tidbit Plate
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4467f   $135.00


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Measuring 6 1/4" in diameter and weighing 3.3 T. oz., this solid silver butter plate aka tidbit tray is characterized by its pair of applied arms or rests intended to accommodate a knife or other implement.

Fully original, it was made by Gorham, whose name, "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," and model number "748" are stamped on the underside edge.

The pattern is "Chantilly-Duchess," which was Gorham's appellation for the holloware line that matched its "Chantilly" flatware.

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George Adams "Thread" 1849 Crested Sterling Silver Master Salt Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4464f   $46.00


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An 1840 successor to Chawner & Co., George Adams was one of the most significant silversmiths of Victorian England.

This 4 1/2" long, weighty at .8 T. oz., master salt spoon bears his "GA" mark, along with a "lion" for sterling, a date letter for 1849-50, a "leopard head" for London, and a "queen's head" duty mark.

The pattern is a double die struck, meaning it appears on both sides of the handle, "Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," which in this instance is engraved with a rampant lion crest on... Click for details

Wood & Hughes 1868 Flat Handle Sterling Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4463f   $48.00


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This 7 1/2" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter, sometimes identified as a fish, knife was made by Wood & Hughes, whose "WwH" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent," "1868," and the name of the retailer, "W.M. Savage," Columbus, Ohio, appear on the blade backside.

The pattern is unnamed, but is essentially an unembellished version of the company's 1875 Renaissance Revival "Angelo," with an engraved script "H.B.L." monogram in the place where the Moorish detail of "Angelo" otherwise appears.

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Lincoln & Reed, Boston, "Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon x 3
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4460f   $12.00


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One of several partnerships in which silversmith and jeweler Albert Lamb Lincoln participated, "Lincoln & Reed" operated in Boston 1838-48.

This 5 3/4" long, .4 T. oz., teaspoon with an upturned, "Tipt" end is a particularly finely crafted item in mint estate condition.

The handle reverse is engraved "M. Dix." in precise script lettering.

It has a brilliant, hand polished only, finish and is without bends, dents, nicks, or other signs of wear.

Marks are "Lincoln & Reed" imprinted on... Click for details

Dominick & Haff "New King" Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4457f   $62.00


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A design inspired by English antecedents, Dominick & Haff's 1898 "New King" is a one of the most impressive of the myriad renditions of this motif produced by American makers. It employs a robust amount of detailing, all well-balanced and set in high relief.

D&H was known for heavy pieces and that carries through to this 4 3/4" long, weighty at 1.8 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs with an Old English "A" monogram on the arch and finely articulated talon grips.

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Arthur Stone "Coffin End" Arts & Crafts Sterling Silver Gravy Ladle
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4455f   $115.00


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A relatively large item, this gravy ladle measures 7" long, has a 2 1/2" by 2" by 3/4" deep, oval bowl, and weighs just under 2.3 T. oz.

Fashioned in an Arts & Crafts manner, it was produced by Arthur Stone whose "Stone and hammer - Sterling" symbol, along with a benchman's "B" for Charles W. Brown, or possibly George Blanchard, appears on the handle reverse.

The angular "Coffin End" handle was one of Stone's early designs, first issued in 1910.

A plain piece, i.e. never monogrammed or... Click for details

William Gale & Son "Leaf" 1856 Coin Silver Table Serving Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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4453f   $48.00


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A popular 1850s design, the leaf form on this 8 5/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., coin silver spoon was made by several makers with slight variation, including William Gale & Son who produced this piece, Gorham whose pattern was named "Josephine," and Henry Hebbard.

The leaf appears on the handle end front and back sides, in elaborated manner on the reverse heel of the bowl, and in smaller stylized form on the front join with the bowl.

There is an anthemion-like detail on both sides of the handle tip... Click for details

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