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ASTONISHING COIN SILVER GOBLET
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MARK OF HYDE AND GOODRICH
NEW ORLEANS, LA
CIRCA 1850

6 1/2" height, 3 1/2" diameter, 6.30 troy ounces (196 grams)
1SLLL2
Repousse grape and foliate body and pedestal, engraved "H"
PROVENANCE: From a prominent Charleston family
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BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN STERLING VANITY JAR
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MARK OF JENKINS AND JENKINS
BALTIMORE, MD
CIRCA 1908-1915

3.5" height, 2.51 troy ounces (78 grams)
AVJ1215

Engraved on bottom, "JAT"
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BRILLIANT AMERICAN STERLING SUGAR SHAKER IN THE SHAPE OF A GOLF CLUB
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MARK OF INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO.
MERIDEN, CT
CIRCA 1920

6.75" length, 1.5" width, 5.5" height, 0.55 troy ounces (17 grams)
ASG90
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CONSPICUOUS AMERICAN STERLING ENTREE DISH WITH REMOVABLE LID
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MARK OF GORHAM MANUFACTURING COMPANY
PROVIDENCE, RI
1870

6.75” height, 8.25” length, 15” width, 51.58 troy ounces (1604 grams)
ASE1215

This exquisite example of Aestheticism illustrates Gorham’s quest to be on the forefront of design and industry. The birth of the Movement may be traced to a series of essays published between 1867 and 1869 by Oxford professor Walter Pater. He declared that life had to be lived intensely, with an ideal of beauty. Art should provide refined sensuous pleasure rather than convey moral or sentimental messages. While fine art of the period emphasized “art for art’s sake,” nature and exotic elements dominated its decorative arts. Founded in 1831 by Jabez Gorham, the firm rose to prominence during the heyday of American silver, from 1850 to 1940. It received many important commissions, such as Mary Todd Lincoln’s tea and flatware service used in the White House in 1859 and the 2000 ounce Century Vase in 1875 by Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant. This functional piece, which may be converted to two serving dishes by removing the lion finial, was presented as a silver anniversary gift in 1874.
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DIVINE AMERICAN STERLING NUT BOWL
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MARK OF GORHAM MANUFACTURING COMPANY

PROVIDENCE, RI

1869

6.25” height, 7” length, 12.5” width, 18.78 troy ounces (584 grams)
ASNB1215
This exquisite example of Aestheticism illustrates Gorham’s quest to be on the forefront of design and industry. The birth of the Movement may be traced to a series of essays published between 1867 and 1869 by Oxford professor Walter Pater. He declared that life had to be lived intensely, with an ideal of beauty. Art should provide refined sensuous pleasure rather than convey moral or sentimental messages. While fine art of the period emphasized “art for art’s sake,” nature and exotic elements dominated its decorative arts.
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EXCEEDINGLY RARE AMERICAN SOLID SILVER BOWL
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MARK OF GORHAM MFG. CO.,
PROVIDENCE, RI
1905

ENGRAVED WITH CREST
10.25" length, 8" width, 2.5" height, 20 troy ounces (622 grams)
AMB450
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Gorham’s answer to the Arts and Crafts Movement is realized in their limited line of silverware, called Martele. Begun in the last decade of the nineteenth century, the line focused on the texture and aesthetics produced by the primarily tool used: the hammer. Martele masterfully illustrates the juxtaposition of the hammer’s strength and rigidity with its ability to create a soft, mist-like finish on forms comprised of graceful lines and elements of nature.

Unlike many of the silver manufacturers, Gorham maintained extensive production records, particularly on its special production lines. According to the definitive book on the subject by Dr. L. J. Pristo, this bowl, identified as H/OA, is listed as being made in 1905 by C. Uhde, who worked for Gorham from April 3, 1905 until August 21, 1905. It took fifteen hours to make the body and thirty-one hours to chase it. The net cost for making the sculpture was $63.00. C. Uhde is probably Charles Gottlieb Uhde, who was born in New York in 1883 to German immigrants. The 21-year-old was at the start of his career when he created this bowl. He appears in the NJ city directories between 1909 and 1912 as a silversmith and is listed as a silversmith living in Newark, NJ in the 1910 Federal Census. Work in the silver trade must have been scarce because he worked as a lathe hand at Splitdorf Electrical Co. in 1918. By 1930, he was employed by Gorham’s archrival, Tiffany and Co., and twelve years later by Graff, Washbourne and Dunn.
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EXCEEDINGLY RARE AMERICAN STERLING AND GILT TEA INFUSER IN
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MARK OF GORHAM MGF. CO.
PROVIDENCE, RI
PAT. 1904

5.75" length, 1.5" width, 1.25" height, 1.4 troy ounces (44 grams)
ASI200
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From a prominent Charleston estate
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FABULOUS AMERICAN COIN SILVER FISH KNIFE
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MARKS OF TIFFANY & CO. AND UNKNOWN TRADEMARKS
NEW YORK, NY
1853-1865

12" length, 4.7 troy ounces (146 grams)
ACFK2047
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INTRIGUING AMERICAN COIN SILVER TEAPOT WITH WOODEN HANDLE
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MARK OF IRA JENKINS
ALBANY, NY
1790-1814

4 ¾” height, 4 3/8” length, 9 ¼” width
ACT1DDLL5REP500

After the American Revolution, newcomer silversmiths established themselves in Albany, the capital of the new state of New York, elevating and commercializing the trade in “Albany Silver.” Ira Jenkins, a silversmith, watchmaker and jeweler, a native son of Albany, NY, surely known to the founding fathers of Albany either through education or commerce, had his shop in the city center. Very few pieces of his work can be found today; however The Yale Library and Winterthur Museum each have a few small pieces. This is the only publicly documented piece of his hollowware. The Albany Institute of History and Art published the 1964 Exhibition catalog, Albany Silver 1652 - 1825, in 1964. It states, “[n]ot one of the seven silversmiths [from 1813] is included in this catalog. With the exception of a few typical spoons, none of their work has been located.”

This dignified and restrained Neoclassical coin silver drum-shaped teapot includes beaded chasing on the top and bottom of the body and a round tapering spout. The fruitwood scrolled handle sets off the piece beautifully. Traditionally, lion motifs in neoclassical decorative arts represent royalty or the ancient world, particularly Greek and Roman. The detached lid, held in place by the chain at lion’s feet, contrasts to other period pieces in the animal’s reposed stance.

The engraving “M over I * M” on the bottom appears to be consistent with the date of the pot. The engraving “Fanny Cadwalader” appears to be later and fascinates students of history: Fanny Cadwalader married John Quincy Adams’ grandson and namesake in 1861.
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NOVEL AMERICAN STERLING AND VERMEIL JAPANESQUE CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL
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MARK OF J.C. MOORE FOR TIFFANY AND COMPANY
NEW YORK, NY
1869-1870

Creamer – 2 ¼” diameter, 3 7/8” height, 4 1/8” width
Sugar – 3” diameter, 3 7/8” height, 6” width
14.14 total troy ounces (440 total grams)
ACS1DLL6
Elaborately engraved bodies; engraved “CC”
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NOVEL AMERICAN STERLING VERMOUTH DISPENSER IN THE SHAPE OF AN OIL CAN
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MARK OF TIFFANY & CO.
NEW YORK, NY
20TH CENTURY

4" height, 2.5" diameter, 1.25 troy ounces (39 grams)
ASV200
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PARAMOUNT AMERICAN COIN SILVER GRAVY BOAT
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MARK OF JOHN EWAN
CHARLESTON, SC
1840

ENGRAVED "M.KERR"
4.75"height, 7.75"width, 11.1 troy ounces (345 grams)
ACG402
John Ewan, a New Jersey native, appeared in Charleston in 1823. He established a partnership with Peter Mood, Jr., that year, but two years later, branched out on his own and became one of Charleston’s preeminent silversmiths. He won the trust of the Kerr family, who were merchants and wharfingers. An extant water pitcher and its ac-companying receipt read, “M. Kerr/Charleston 5th 1840/Bought of J. Ewan/2 silver pitchers $130.00/ …/Received payment/ (signed) John Ewan.” The 1860 census records a Margaret Kerr, 58, living in the home of Thomas J. Kerr.
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PERTINENT COIN SILVER BRANDY WARMER WITH WOODEN HANDLE
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MARK OF JOHN EWAN
CHARLESTON, SC
CIRCA 1840

ENGRAVED “HHR”.
6.75" height, 6.97 troy ounces (217 grams)
ACB575
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A study of John Ewan reveals some of the greatest insights into the activities and lives of 19th century Charleston silversmiths.

According to SC Silversmiths 1690-1860 by E. Milby Burton and Warren Ripley, Ewan appeared in Charleston in 1823. He and Peter Mood, Jr., advertised their partnership, P. Mood & Co. in the Nov. 8, 1823 Charleston Courier. By 1825, Ewan branched out on his own, advertising periodically to remake old silver. Six years later, his shop grew to necessitate at least two apprentices, William Madison Rouse and John A. Myer. Both men achieved awards for making the best spoons from the Apprentices Library Society: Rouse in 1831 and Myer in 1832. Additionally, Ewan documented the expectations of mid nineteenth century Charleston silversmiths’ apprentices by reporting that Rouse completed a full apprenticeship of four years with hard work, diligence, moral integrity and respectful actions. A bill to Mr. Richardson dated April 24, 1847 reveals the full extent of Ewan’s skills most likely passed to his apprentices. Ewan charged $9.00 for engraving spoon and forks, $4.50 for making three ladles, and $1.50 for repairing a cup and butter knife. The latter part of his career found him in partnership with William Ewan, presumably John’s son. John Ewan died on October 1, 1852.

A brandy warmer with the same trim, body shape and finial marked by John Ewan resides in the Charleston Museum collection. Please note earlier repairs around the spout and handle socket.
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QUAINT AMERICAN STERLING ART NOUVEAU SCENT OR PERFUME BOTTLE
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MARK OF AN UNIDENTIFIED MAKER
CIRCA 1900

3/8" height, 1" width, 3 5/8" length, 0.9 troy ounces (28 grams)
ASP600
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RARE COIN SILVER COFFEE POT
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MARK OF JOHN A. AND JULIUS N. KLEIN/ALBERT COLES
VICKSBURG, MS/NEW YORK, NY
1854 - 1860

11" height, 10" width, 26.2 troy ounces (814 grams)
ACC124
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Repousse foliate body,
Engraved "S"
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RARE COIN SILVER CREAM PITCHER
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MARK OF JOHN A. AND JULIUS N. KLEIN/ ALBERT COLES
VICKSBURG, MS/ NEW YORK, NY
1854 - 1860

7 1/4" height, 6 1/2 width, 11.6 troy ounces (362 grams)
ACC125
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Repousse foliate body,
Engraved "S"

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RARE COIN SILVER TEA POT
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MARK OF JOHN A. AND JULIUS N. KLEIN/ALBERT COLES
VICKSBURG, MS/NEW YORK, NY
1854 - 1860

10" height, 9 1/2" width, 24.2 troy ounces (754 grams)
ACT123

Repousse foliate body,
Engraved "S"
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REMARKABLE AMERICAN COIN SILVER CREAMER AND SUGAR BOWL
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MARKS OF LT. WILLIAM G. WHILDEN
CHARLESTON, SC
CIRCA 1871

SUGAR BOWL ENGRAVED "CHARLESTON, S.C. A.I.2401." - "PRESENTED TO COMPANION WM. E. HONOUR BY THE COMPANIONS OF ZERUBBABEL CHAPTER NO. 11. R.A.M" CREAMER ENGRAVED "WEH" - "A.I.2401"
sugar bowl 8.5" height, 8.25" width
creamer 8.25" height, 7.25" width
35.6 total troy ounces (11.07kilogram)
ACSCS1500

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At first glance, this creamer and sugar bowl seem customary. Their mere creation, however, in Post-War Charleston is extraordinary. Scholars estimate that South Carolina lost 23% of its entire male population as a result of the Civil War. It shattered the economic prosperity of the Holy City. This creamer and sugar bowl was an extravagant and noble expenditure by the Companions of Zerabbabel Chapter No. 11 of the Royal Arch Masons for William E. Honour six years after the War. Their agent, Lt. William G. Whilden, survived 587 days of long range artillery bombardment by Federal forces and rebuilt his jewelry business during Reconstruction.
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REMARKABLE SET OF TWELVE AMERICAN STERLING MINT JULEP CUPS IN
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MARKS OF INTERNATIONAL
MERIDIAN, CT
CIRCA 1950

4" height, 3 3/8" diameter, 55.1 troy ounces (1714 grams)
ASMJ400
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ROBUST AMERICAN COIN SILVER CREAM PITCHER
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MARK OF HAYDEN AND GREGG
CHARLESTON, SC
WK. 1838 - 1843

6 1/2" height, 6 1/2" width, 12.22 troy ounces (380 grams)
ACC150
Repousse body and applied scroll trim, engraved "AG"
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SCARCE AMERICAN STERLING SCENT OR PERFUME VIAL IN
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MARK OF WHITING MFG. CO.
NEW YORK, NY
PAT. 1885

3.75" length, 6.25" width, .75" height, 0.68 troy ounces (21 grams)
ASV105
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SOUTH CAROLINA SILVERSMITHS 1690 - 1860 BY BURTON E. MILBY
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Charles E. Tuttle Co. for the Charleston Museum, Rutland, Vermont; Charleston, South Carolina, 1968. Hardcover. Original edition. Alphabetical listing of 320 silversmiths. Entries include marks, dates of activity and biographical information. A total of 800 names are listed in the index.
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STATUESQUE AMERICAN STERLING GRAVY BOAT
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MARK OF TIFFANY AND COMPANY
NEW YORK, NY
1854-1869

5 ½” height, 4” length, 9 ½” width, 10.7 troy ounces (333 grams)
AGB1SDLL6
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Adorned with split acanthus leaf scroll handle and applied Greek key and bead trim.
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STUNNING AMERICAN STERLING EWER
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MARK OF A. G. SCHULTZ
BALTIMORE, MD
CIRCA 1905

ENGRAVED "CGM"
18" height, 53.1 troy ounces (1.65 kilograms)
ASE1123

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This piece is a fine example of the firm's reputation for exceptional repousse.
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SUPERLATIVE AMERICAN STERLING PUNCH BOWL
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MARK OF MERIDAN BRITANNIA
MERIDAN, CT
PROVENANCE OF SWISHER FAMILY, JACKSONVILLE, FL
CIRCA 1895

10 1/4 height,14" diameter, 97.6 troy ounces (3034 grams)
ACP750

Swisher International Group, Inc is the world’s largest manufacturer and exporter of cigars, shipping to nearly 90 countries. Swisher International began in 1861 in Newark, Ohio. David Swisher received a small cigar company as a debt settlement. In 1888, John and Harry Swisher bought their father’s company and changed the name to Swisher Brothers. They worked together until 1913, when John bought Harry’s share of the company. John’s son, Carl, joined the business and the company name changed to Jno. H. Swisher & Son. The Swishers expanded their business and moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1924. Later that year, the country’s first “fresh work” rolling machines began mass production, manufacturing cigars with superior uniformity, appearance, and quality. This process enabled the company to produce 100 million cigars a year by the end of the 1920s. Jno. H Swisher & Son became the first company to, not only wrap individual cigars in cellophane, but also simplify wrapping removal by pulling the cigar band. The Depression devastated the country in 1929. While many companies fought to stay alive, Swisher hired hundreds of new employees. They still could not keep up with the surging demand for their cigars. The company's early move into mechanization enabled the company to reduce the price of its cigars. In 1929, Swisher boxed 100,000,000 machine- made and wrapped King Edward Cigars. The price of these cigars debuted in 1918 for ten cents and dropped to five cents following the introduction of rolling machines. By the end of the 1930s, consumers could purchase two King Edwards for five cents. These cigars’ low price and heightened popularity bolstered Swisher's share of the market. By 1940, the cigars named after King Edward VII were the greatest selling cigars in the world, and the Jacksonville plant ranked as the largest cigar factory under one roof in the world. The size of this punch bowl and detailing of the seaweed trim make this Meriden Britannia piece superb. The pedestal, however, makes it a masterpiece. Standing 5” high, the pedestal is comprised of individual castings of four aquatic animals, referred to as “dolphins.” They are posed urinant (from the Latin urino, to duck or dive under water) with the head downward and the tail erect. Dolphins signify conquest of the sea; therefore, they figure prominently on the well-known bearings for the seaport cities of Brighton, Dunkirk and Poole. They also appear in English heraldry as early as the middle of the thirteenth century, denoting swiftness, diligence, salvation, charity, and love. Elaborate castings of this kind are associated more commonly with Tiffany and Gorham. Gorham produced a notable sterling silver ice bowl, circa 1870, that measures 11” long and weighs 37.30 troy ounces. The body depicts blocks of ice, suspended cast icicles and chased “frost”, resting on a conforming foot. Magnificently detailed polar bear figures preside over each end of the bowl. The remarkable level of artistry accounts for Polar Bear Ice Bowls achieving values in excess of $65,000. This dolphin punch bowl by Meriden Britannia exhibits this same level of artisanship. In 1891, John Swisher completed the building of his mansion on 3rd Street in Newark, Ohio. It is plausible that John acquired the punch bowl to mark the completion of his mansion.
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UNUSUAL AMERICAN COIN SILVER REPOUSSE SUGAR BASKET
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MARKS OF AUGUSTUS HENRY HAYDEN AND CANN AND DUNN
CHARLESTON, SC AND NEW YORK, NY
CIRCA 1860

7" height, 10.35 troy ounces (322 grams)

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Augustus Hayden was born on November 16, 1817 outside of Hartford, Connecticut. He arrived in Charleston on his twenty-first birthday, to join in the silversmith and mercantile business established by his brothers, Nathaniel and H. Sidney Hayden. He spent the next eight years establishing himself personally and professionally, and eventually won the hand of the daughter of a prominent doctor in the city. Augustus married Charlotte Elizabeth Kinloch on June 21, 1846. Like many of his contemporaries, he heard the call to arms and joined Company D of the Charleston Regiment of the South Carolina militia and fought in the Civil War. He survived the war and resumed trade in the luxury goods market. He died September 5, 1894.
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WONDERFUL AMERICAN COIN SILVER FISH KNIFE IN THE MEDALLION PATTERN
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MARKS OF PETER KRIDER / G.W. WEBB
PHILADELPHIA, PA / BALTIMORE, MD
CIRCA 1860

ENGRAVED "Luther"
11.25" length, 3.6 troy ounces (112 grams)
ACFK2047
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