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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

Shiebler "Corinthian" Sterling Silver Youth Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4564f   $38.00

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A pattern that originated with John Polhamus, New York City, in the third quarter of the 19th century, it was continued in production by George Shiebler, as confirmed by his "winged S" emblem imprinted on this, along with "Sterling," "Pat.," and the name of the retailer, "James Mix," Albany.

The Greek Revival die struck pattern features an anthemion end with flanking rosettes and palmettes, joined to a tubular stem.

This example is 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., youth fork.

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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

Reed & Barton "Francis I" Pair Early Sterling Silver Demitasse Spoons
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4561f   $48.00

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Measuring 4 1/4" long each and weighing just over 1.0 T. oz. combined, these two demitasse aka coffee spoons are old production examples of Reed & Barton's "Francis I" flatware.

They are marked on the reverses with the company's "eagle, R in a shield, lion" emblem, "Sterling," and "Pat June 25 07.," all in very fine lettering as would be expected of early pieces.

Each item is also engraved in an artfully lettered, delicate, "H E A" monogram on the reverse.

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Gorham "Mythologique" Sterling Silver Face Back Place Fork(s)
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4559f   $70.00

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A legendary flatware line produced by Gorham that was based on classical mythological imagery, a Skinner's auction catalogue entry notes of it, "Mythologique may be [designer Antoine] Heller’s most celebrated pattern, and featured not only single characters, but entire figural scenes."

The same entry further adds, "The Luxembourg Museum in Paris acquired their own Mythologique service for their collection in 1896."

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Frank Smith "Newport Shell" Original Sterling Silver Horseradish Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4558f   $52.00

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Designed to reach deep into a narrow mouth jar, a horseradish scoop or spoon generally has a relatively long and narrow handle and a paddle-like end.

This example made by Frank Smith in the "Newport Shell" aka "Puritan" pattern evidences these characteristics. It is 5 3/4" long, weighs .6 T. oz., and features the requisite 1 3/4" long, 5/8" wide, scoop end.

It is fully original, meaning it is not made up or adapted from another item as some pieces in the marketplace are, has never been... Click for details

Potter and Mellen, Cleveland, A&C Sterling Silver Baby Spoon & Fork
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4557f   $125.00

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As noted in a catalogue listing for a spoon held by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, "Horace E. Potter, a native of Cleveland, was one of the city’s most accomplished and long-lived artists of the Arts and Crafts era.""

He produced jewelry and flat and hollow ware. In addition to the piece noted above, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum has a leaf form spoon of his that is listed on its online catalogue.

Working from 1897 onward, he established the partnership of... Click for details

Joseph Mayer "Reno" Mining Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon
Silver : Sterling

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4556f   $36.00

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Made by Joseph Mayer (Mayer Brothers) of Seattle, whose "triangle" emblem and "Sterling" appear on the backside of the handle, this spoon measures 5 1/4" long and weighs approximately .7 T. oz.

A souvenir spoon, it is artfully crafted.

The shank portrays a branch embellished with grape leaves and fruit as well as poppies. This is surmounted with a prospector's mining pan with a cluster of nuggets inside. A pick and shovel lie behind this and a rope handle bucket above it.

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

Bruce Cherner Antique Silver  
2431   $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

Gorham "Buttercup" Old Sterling Silver Gumbo Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4553f   This item is currently being auctioned

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The largest of the round bowl soup spoons, gumbos are larger yet than cream soups, which in turn are a size up from bouillons.

This 6 5/8" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., example was made by Gorham in its "Buttercup" pattern.

It is an early production piece marked with Gorham's "lion, anchor, G" emblem, "Sterling," "Patent 1900," and the name of the retailer, Boston's "Smith, Patterson Co."

This retains a portion of an original pale gold wash on both sides of the bowl, although it is... 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

Durgin "Jonquil" Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Sugar Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4551f   $65.00

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Issued at the turn of the twentieth century, "Jonquil" aka daffodil aka narcissus is one of several, albeit one of the less common, Art Nouveau patterns Durgin produced that are similar in design to its flagship and commanding "New Art" line.

This example is 5 1/2" long, .8 T. oz., sugar spoon.

It has a shell bowl with a swirled interior and piecrust edge.

The handle front features a single, full, bloom at the tip, with two buds lower down from this.

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International "Spring Glory" Pair Sterling Silver 10" Candlesticks
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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4549f   This item is currently being auctioned

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Introduced in 1942, International's "Spring Glory" pattern clearly evidences the ongoing influence of the Danish Modern and Art Deco design styles that originated in earlier decades of the 20th century.

It features a leaf and blossom motif with the leaves in this instance wrapping around the middle tier of the 4 1/8" diameter bases of these two, matching, 10" tall, baluster form, candlesticks.

These are marked on the undersides "Spring Glory," "International," with the Simpson,... Click for details

Gorham "St. Cloud" Large Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4548f   On Hold

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One of the enduring patterns produced by Gorham's remarkable 19th century designer Antoine Heller, "St. Cloud" portrays a dense leaf, shell, and scroll motif offered in an Aesthetic manner.

This example is a large size, 5 1/8" long, weighty at approximately 1.5 T. oz., pair of sugar tongs.

The upper end of one arm is engraved in a fancy, feathered script, monogram that appears to be "HOS," while the other arm is inscribed "1902."

Given the pattern was introduced in 1885, and since the... Click for details

Wongshing Chinese Export "Reverse Tipt" Sterling Silver Teaspoon x 4
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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4546f   $35.00

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A subject unto itself, "Chinese Export Silver" broadly encompasses silver that was made in China beginning in the 18th century, was imitative of English style, and was intended for that market (much it also made its way to the United States).

Export silver was frequently imprinted with pseudo hallmarks suggestive of their English counterparts, but these did not follow the same orderly and definitive system of date, place of manufacture, and maker. They were simply imitative.

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