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All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1403155 (stock #3906f)
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$52.00
This 7 3/8" long, 1.2 T. oz., coin silver master butter spreader was made by "Duhme & Co.," Cincinnati's prominent 19th century silversmith and jeweler, and so stamped on the blade backside.

The pattern is "No. 1," introduced in 1869, and is characterized by a twisted stem with a flat, oval, handle, set in this instance at a right angle to the blade...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1402624 (stock #3897f)
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$165.00
Lengthy at 9 3/8", and weighty at 2.5 T. oz., this solid coin silver cheese scoop dates from the mid 19th century.

It is marked "Bailey & Co.," for the prominent Philadelphia firm that operated under this name 1848-78 (Rainwater, Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers) and which eventually became "Bailey, Banks & Biddle."

It is a "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern, with the design on both sides of the arched handle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1401954 (stock #3884f)
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$65.00
Measuring 8 1/8" long and weighing 1.8 T. oz., this coin silver item has a generously sized, 2 1/2" diameter, shell-shaped, pierced, bowl and "Reverse Tipt" handle.

Generally identified as a large sugar sifter, there is some argument to be made that pieces this scale from this period were actually early ice spoons.

In either case, it is a fine representation of what it is.

It is stamped "R...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1401679 (stock #3879f)
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$38.00
Dating from the first quarter of the 19th century, this lengthy, 8 7/8", 1.5 T. oz., table serving spoon is marked "B. Swan," for Benjamin Moody Swan, who worked as a silversmith in Augusta, Maine beginning circa 1815.

Fiddle shaped, with a down turned, rounded end, and high, pointed and chamfered shoulders off the bowl, the piece demonstrates quality crafting.

It has a somewhat primitive, feathered script "RA" monogram engraved on the handle front, and remains in very fine condition...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400952 (stock #3872f)
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$115.00
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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1400616 (stock #3865f)
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$48.00
Weighing 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...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399708 (stock #3843f)
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$225.00
This 8 3/8" long, 1.9 T. oz., berry spoon falls within the broad category of "Medallion" patterns that were inspired by Classical mythology.

Produced and individualized by numerous makers in the 1860s, this piece is marked "H&S," for Syracuse, New York's Hotchkiss & Schreuder and features an image of a youthful Dionysus on the handle front. The entire lines carries this one figure.

D...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1399541 (stock #3840f)
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$48.00
Dating circa 1865, this 7 1/2" long, weighty at 1.5 T. oz., master butter knife is stamped "*F. & H.*" on the blade for Boston's Farrington & Hunnewell, and "Pure Coin," which is a New England term, on the underside of the handle.

It is twisted, with the handle and blade set at right angles to one another.

The slightly upturned, thick handle has a pedimented end and is extensively diamond bright cut on the front in a pattern that is characteristic of Boston in the period...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399241 (stock #3834f)
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$335.00
Most American tongs of this size, 8 1/8" long and 2.7 T. oz. in this instance, and configuration, namely with a talon or fork grip combined with a spoon or cup grip, date from the mid 19th century...
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Southern : Pre 1900 item #1399131 (stock #3832f)
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$85.00
Identified in Crescent City Silver published by the "Historic New Orleans Collection," as either replacing or succeeding P. Zimmermann, Charles H. Zimmermann operated immediately following the Civil War, from 1866-70.

The same source indicates tht he was both a manufacturer and retailer. As this 7 3/8" long, 1.3 T. oz., "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread," coin silver master butter knife is marked "WwH" as well as "C.H. Zimmermann," it would have marketed by him but made by New York's ...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396908 (stock #3792f)
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$40.00
Slender, with an elongated handle, this coin silver cream ladle measures 6 1/2" overall and weighs .9 T. oz. It has an oval bowl that is 1 7/8" wide, 1 1/2" back to front, and 1/2" deep.

A "Tipt" pattern, it is stamped "Boynton & Woodford," for the Boston jeweler and "comb maker" with dates 1837-54.

There is a large script "S.A.B." monogram on the backside of the handle.

In very fine condition, it is stylistically appealing and remains a quality example of its form and period. Apart fro...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396782 (stock #3790f)
Old Friends
$45.00
Subsequent to a partnership with Julius Hollister that existed about 1843-46, Oliver D. Seymour operated his own shop in Hartford, Connecticut until at least 1852 (Dorothy Rainwater Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers).

This 8 11/16" long, 1.5 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon carries his name along with an "eagle" and "star" hallmarks that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies with Hartford.

A very clean example, showing no wear, this has a crisp, feathered script "...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1396267 (stock #3783f)
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$90.00
The mark on this 8" long, 1.2 T. oz., master butter knife is "D. Kinsey," for David, who along with his brother Edward were major silver manufacturers in 19th century Cincinnati, both singly and in partnership.

Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 indicates that David operated alone following Edward's death in 1861, and himself died in 1874, dating this to that time span.

These dates conform with the style which is mid 1860s, with a thick, twisted handle set at a right angle to the blade. Bo...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1395560 (stock #3774f)
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$175.00
While a holder of a number of widely embraced, older, flatware design patents, and a substantial manufacturer, pieces that actually carry any of Michael Gibney's marks are not particularly common.

This large at 10 1/4" long, and weighty at 3.4 T. oz., fish server is one of those examples that is stamped with his three part "oval, circle, diamond" emblem, with (a rubbed) "MG" in the upper portion and the date "1845" within the diamond.

There is an added "B" in a square, along with an "eagle...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Pre 1837 VR item #1394599 (stock #3756f)
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$58.00
Born in 1782, Horace Seymour Hinsdale enjoyed a long working career in New York City, spanning nearly all of the first half of the 19th century.

Early associated with the partnership of Taylor and Hinsdale, this example stamped only "Hinsdale" and with a "lion, W, bust" pseudo hallmark that McGrew in Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver attributes to Jacob Wood, dates it to the 1830s or early 1840s.

The piece is an 8 1/2" long, relatively heavy at nearly 2.2 T. oz., table se...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393757 (stock #3741f)
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$95.00
Marked "Coin" and with the number "4," but without a maker's identifier, this particular 1860s "Medallion" pattern is illustrated in D. Albert Soeffing's benchmark Silver Medallion Flatware within a grouping that he classifies as "naive" or "primitive."

Soeffing shows a sugar sifter, while this is a 6 1/4" long, just over .8 T. oz., sardine fork.

The "Medallion" is cast and applied, portraying in this case a right facing female figure surrounded by engraved detailing, and on the sif...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1393137 (stock #3729f)
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As stated by Dorothy Rainwater in her Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, New York's Ball, Black & Co. (1851 successors to Ball, Tompkins & Black) "was the leading jewelry house in the nation prior to the rise of Tiffany & Co."

The firm was the favored outlet of numerous manufacturers, including Michael Gibney who was the producer of this large, 10 1/8" long, heavy at 3.5 T. oz., pie server in the "Olive" variant "Tuscan" pattern, which design later became associated with Wh...

All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Serving Pieces : Pre 1900 item #1392016 (stock #3711f)
Old Friends
$165.00
Lengthy at 11 1/8," and weighing 2.9 T. oz., this fish slice traces to Baltimore, 1855-58.

It is marked for the partnership of "Gould, Stowell & Ward," which was one of the associations in which James Gould, born 1795 in Salem, Massachusetts, participated as a principal.

Other marks are "Baltimore," "Patent 1850," and "11-12," for the local assay mark, which at .917 is midway between coin and sterling silver.

The pattern is a "Grape" or "Grapevine" on something of an "Olive" background ...

 
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