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2023 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 1)

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 88

11 Pieces Coin Silver of Vicksburg, Mississippi interest

Estimate: $300 - $350
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Eleven (11) coin silver spoons and forks of Vicksburg, Mississippi interest. 1st & 2nd items: Two Coin Silver Forks, fiddle thread pattern, one with incuse mark DOWNING, MOODY & CO., with small rubbed pointed possible workman's mark, monogrammed "Mattie R. Clore" to top of the fiddle thread handle and inscribed "1856" on reverse, the other slightly larger with incuse mark MOODY & KUNER and "WH" for Wood and Hughes of New York, with small rubbed round possible workman's mark (no monogram; monogram possibly removed). 3rd - 11th items: Nine (9) teaspoons, all with fiddle handles, marked W. PITKIN in rectangles. Six (6) are inscribed "J.Y. Moore" in script to tops of handles, the others have various monograms. Combined weight all items: 9.38 oz. Note: Silversmith D.B. Downing opened a shop in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1838. He became partners with Daniel Moody in 1853, and Max Kuner joined the firm as a workman around the same time. Downing died in 1854, and the name of the business became Moody and Kuner. (Source: "Mississippi Silver," catalog for the 1979 exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art, guest curator L.A. Smith III). Walter M. Pitkin (b. 1808-d. 1885) was a Connecticut silversmith who had an outlet in Vicksburg, Mississippi circa 1834-1837.


Possible monogram removal to 1 fork, the other fork has wear and slight bending to tips of tines. Two of the teaspoons have tears to bowls and 1 has bend to handle, otherwise good condition with light wear.

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