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Hamilton & Diesinger Late 19th Century Solid Sterling Silver Scoop
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3877f   $52.00


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Of a size, 7 1/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., that is larger than a typical nut scoop and smaller than a berry or cracker, the intended function of this piece is uncertain.

With a large, 2 7/8" by 2" at the widest, shovel like, serving end, it is nonetheless a versatile item.

Marked with the emblem of the Philadelphia firm of "Hamilton & Diesinger," successors to Davis & Galt, plus "Sterling," it dates 1895-99.

It is an attractive rococo design that features scrolls, gadrooning, and a central... Click for details

Rare Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Ayres of Lexington
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20190519-02   $95.00


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Offered is a very scarce and early example of Kentucky coin silver by prominent Lexington silversmith Samuel Ayres, whose biographical information appears below. This piece is marked with a maker's mark of "S.AYRES LEX K" in a banner. By style this piece would appear to date to between 1800 and 1810. There is no monogram or sign of erasure, and the maker's mark is rubbed but legible. This piece measures about 4 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 7 grams. Condition is poor overall, with... Click for details

Twist Handle Engine Turned Coin Silver Berry Spoon circa 1860
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3872f   $110.00


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Marked only "Coin," absent a maker's stamp, this 8 7/8" long, 2.0 T. oz., berry or other serving spoon with a twisted shank and engraved and engine turned, notched, handle is reminiscent of a die struck pattern named "Imperial" that was produced by both Gorham and Wood & Hughes about 1860.

It is a handsome item exhibiting sophisticated design and manufacturing processes.

The twist feature was a favored device in the period, as was the fine engine turned surface complimented by precise... Click for details

Whiting "Grecian" A. Stowell & Co. Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3868f   $52.00


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"Grecian" originated with Henry Hebbard of New York City, but eventually became a line pattern within Whiting.

The design features a raised ram's head at the handle end, and a satyr's face and ivy leaf and berry set midway on the handle, with an expanded ivy motif on the backside heel of the bowl.

This example is an 8 3/8" long, 1.7 T. oz., serving or table spoon, with the name "Sanford." engraved in script, set sideways on the handle front.

This is an early piece, unidentified as to... Click for details

Gibson & Langman, London 1897, Pair Sterling Silver Master Salts
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3866f   This item is currently being auctioned


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A matched pair, each of these master salts measures 2 1/4" in diameter and stands 1 3/8" high, while the pair weigh 3.2 T. oz. combined.

They are English in origin and fully hallmarked for London, 1897-98, sterling, and WB/JL for William Gibson and John Langman (also operating as the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co.).

Traditional in design, they are round, with heavily repoussed bodies, applied hatched rims, and stand on three lion's paw and shell legs.

Each piece has a reserve area which... Click for details

Large Philadelphia Bright Cut c. 1860 Coin Silver Master Butter Knife
Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces

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3865f   $48.00


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Weighing a generous 1.6 T. oz. and measuring a lengthy 7 5/8", this master butter knife is a generously sized piece.

Marked only "Coin," the convex, shaped side and pointed end handle with bright cut engraving, is indicative of Philadelphia silver of the c. 1860 period, particular so that of William Faber.

The blade is wide, has an upswept tip, scalloped back, and is engraved in a design akin to that on the handle.

The join with the handle curves up and is especially thick, lending it... Click for details

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Stebbins & Co. Pat. 1848 "Gothic" Coin Silver Place Spoon x 4
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3862f   $28.00


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One of four available, varying in weight from 1.2 to 1.4 T. oz., this 6 3/4" long place, aka dessert or oval soup spoon, is marked "Stebbins & Co.," for the mid 19th century firm operated by William Stebbins, successor to his brother Edwin.

It is also stamped "Patent 1848," which is the date of the "Gothic" style pattern, as designed by Abraham Wood of the New York City firm A&W Wood.

The handle is engraved "Williams" in cursive lettering.

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Pair Large Footed Circa 1870 Sterling Silver Master Salts
Silver : Sterling : Hollowware

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3860f   $175.00


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Each of these two, matching, master salts measures 2 3/8" high to the rim, 2 1/2" to the tip of the handles, has a top opening that is 2 5/8" across, a maximum span of 3 5/8" handle end to handle end, and stands on a tiered, pedestal base that is 2" across on the bottom. The pair together weigh a substantial 5.2 T. oz.

Cauldron shaped, each one has a knurled band below the top rim and is fitted with a pair of upswept, solid silver, handles with anthemion leaf detailing.

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Benjamin & Samuel Demilt NYC "Kings" Coin Silver "Julia" Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3855f   $26.00


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A 7" long, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert piece, this spoon traces to the early decades of the 19th century.

It is marked "B&SD" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt. Multiple sources date this New York City partnership to 1820-35.

It also has a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his work on such marks attributes to an unknown NYC maker.

The pattern is a "Kings" design on an hourglass shaped handle with a plain reverse save for the marks. The bowl has a shell back.

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Pair of Teaspoons by J.BELL of New York - But Which J. Bell?
Silver : Coin Silver

Cliff Nunn - Antique Silver and Decorative Arts  
20180424-01   $29.50


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Offered is a nice pair of New York coin silver teaspoons circa 1825-40 by J.BELL with pseudo-hallmarks; this mark has sometimes been given to John Bell of New York City, but he seems to have worked too early for the style of these spoons unless they were in the last year or two of his career. There were also at least two J. Bells working in Ogdensburg, NY between 1810 and 1850 or 60, and this could be the mark of one of those men. In any event, these are two nicely marked spoons with a good... Click for details

Kirk "Wadefield" Sterling Silver Shell Bowl Tea Caddy Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3845f   $55.00


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One of Kirk's earliest patterns, "Wadefield," essentially a "Pointed Antique" design, was introduced in 1850 and continued in production for nearly a century and one half.

The mark on this 4 1/4" long, relatively heavy at .7 T. oz., tea caddy spoon with a scallop shell bowl, "S. KIRK & SON STERLING," was used by the company during the middle third of the 20th century, indicating this is sixty plus years old.

Never monogrammed or inscribed, it remains in like-new condition, showing no... Click for details

Gorham "Henry II" Bailey, Banks & Biddle Sterling Silver Olive Spoon
Silver : Sterling : Flatware

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3844f   $65.00


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Issued at the turn of the 20th century, Gorham's "Henry II" pattern was an homage in design to the English court at a dramatic time in its history.

The central feature is a lion's face set midway on the handle. This is surrounded by an array of acanthus leaf (one of which forms the tongue of the lion), fruit, scrolls, and scaling as would be found on a suit of armor.

This piece is an all original, 5 3/4" long, .8 T. oz., olive spoon with a pierced and gold washed bowl with a narrow flange... Click for details

Early American silver soup ladle, John McMullin,
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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2397   $375.00


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Philadelphia circa 1790, with round downturned end and rounded drop, length 14 1/4 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "RRC" (period script, obverse), with a scratch below these initials as shown and a few minor nicks in bowl but very good overall condition. In an attempt to distinguish this ladle from its peers, we'll mention that the bowl has a slight boat shape when viewed head on, as you may see in photo number four.

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon by Nicholas LeHuray, Jr.
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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20190407-03   $24.00


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Offered is a very nice early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler Nicholas Le Huray (or LeHuray) Jr., working circa 1821-46 in that city. Nicholas Junior's work is always desirable and usually very finely done. This spoon is no exception, with a lively period engraved script monogram, and nice proportions. Please scroll through all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. This spoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. ... Click for details

Solve this Ca. 1790-1810 Mark & Win a Spoon or $15 Off Your Next Order
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : 18th Century

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20190406-NFS   Not For Sale


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NOT FOR SALE - Here's a challenge - a circa 1790-1810 American coin silver tablespoon marked only IS in a large serrated punch, with a nicely engraved period script monogram of GJM and a V-shaped drop. This piece measures about 9 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 59 grams. It came in a lot with a piece by Caleb Bentley of DC, VA and MD, and it has the look of rural VA, MD or PA. I haven't seen this particular mark before, and am hoping someone else has. If you can solve this piece (or... Click for details

Abner Kirby, Milwaukee, "Fiddle Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon
Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware

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3826f   On Hold


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Measuring 7 1/8" long and weighing approximately 1.0 T. oz., this size spoon is variously identified as a place, dessert or oval soup.

This example is in a "Fiddle Tipt" pattern and is stamped "Kirby," for Abner, "Milwaukee," and with a "P, eagle, star" pseudo hallmark.

In his work on marks, William McGrew identifies this combination of symbols with William Pitkin of Hartford, Connecticut, but he also associates the particular eagle on this with Chicago, which is a much more likely source... Click for details

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