Weighing over 2.5 T. oz., it measures 9 1/2" long overall, and has an oversized bowl that is 4" by 2 3/4" by 1/2" deep.
It was made by Boston's Newell Harding company, whose name along with the New England term "Pure Coin" appears on the handle reverse.
The pattern is a "Grape" that is associated with this company...
This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.
High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size...
This example, an 8 1/2" long, 1.7 T. oz. table or serving spoon, is stamped "Hildeburn" over "Phila" and with an "eagle."
It is a plain end pattern with a slightly tipt backside dating early in his working years...
Butler also used an animal head over chevron emblem, as found on this 7 1/8" long, T...
The pattern is a "Scroll and Leaf" design, here accompanied by a stylized shell form bowl that may be singular to this form.
The handle reverse is engraved in script with the name "Viola."
It is in excellent condition, evidencing no polishing wear and having a fine finish...
It is stamped ". F&H ." for Farrington & Hunnewell, along with "Pure-Coin," which is a New England regional term designating the silver content.
The arched handle has a fan-shaped end, which along with the main shank, is finely engraved in an intricate leaf and scroll design...
They are stamped "Lincoln & Foss" for the mid 19th century (1848-57) Boston firm, and quite unusual for the date, "Sterling," rather than the expected coin silver...
Relatively plain in design, it nonetheless bespeaks its origins.
The "Reverse Tipt" handle is extensively engraved on the front in a design that is evocative of Philadelphia work of the period...
Almost never marked, it frequently goes unrecognized for what it is, namely coin silver produced by the above maker...
A popular design in its period, examples of it are readily found. This piece stands apart, however, for the naturalistic leaf, flower, and bird motif engraved on the blade.
It is also inscribed "Viola" on the backside of the handle.
In good condition, it retains excellent form and th...
It is a substantially sized piece at 9" long and weighing just under 1.5 T. oz.
Having a scalloped handle with an engraved surface, it reads as both characteristic for the period and for Philadelphia. The backside is plain save for the marks.
There is a handsome, feathered sc...
This 6 7/8" long, .9 T. oz., spoon dates from the earliest years of the firm, and may have been produced by it.
It has a flat handle, with notched edges and an anthemion shaped tip. The surface front is extensively engraved with diamond bright cutting, wriggle work, and cross hatching. The backside shows much simpler, lar...
It is a fine representation of the design sensibilities and manufacturing skills of the period.
The stem is twisted while the scalloped edged handle end is flat with a slightly upturned tip. The surface of this has an engine turned background complimented with bright cutting and a wriggle work border on the backside.
The pattern is known as "Fox Head" or "Wolf Head," indicative of the three dimensional animal figure situated at the tip of the handle. This is embellished by ivy leaves that appear on both sides of the handle and backside heel of the bowl.
The actual sifter is round, 2 1/2" in diameter, has an essentially flat bo...
Made of coin silver, this dates c. 1865.
The pattern is described as "ornamental" in Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." The design appears on both sides of the handle and features anthemion leaves, along with other period detailing.
The bowl is a shell form in the manner o...
Marked only "Coin," without a maker's or retailer's identification, the rounded handle with notched tip essentially matches Gorham's early, 1865, "Italian" pattern, and the quality of manufacture suggests such a significant maker.
This is bordered by fine wriggle work engraving and has an elegant period "EC" feathered script monogram set in the center of the plain area of the surface.
The lower por...
While "Tipt" end examples of their work, are readily found, this 6 3/8" long cream ladle stands apart for several reasons.
One feature is its heavy weight, 1.7 T oz., and consequent solid composition. A second feature is its perfectly round, hemispherical, bowl, which is 1 5/8" in diameter and 1/2" deep.
The handle has pronounced be...
It is stamped "S.N. Story" for the Worcester, Massachusetts silversmith and jeweler. Also marked "Pure Coin," which was a regional term, this was likely made in Boston.
The pattern is "Olive," which was a very popular design in the period.
What sets this apart from other examples is its intermediate size, shell bowl, solid weight, quality manufacture, and good condition.