Offered is a challenge - identify the silversmith who made this spoon, with a verifiable and supportable attribution, and I will send you a surprise coin silver teaspoon in good condition (worth about $15-20) as a prize! I haven't yet found this mark anywhere, and thought it an interesting experiment to leverage the talents of some of the silver enthusiasts and experts out there.
This piece measures about 8 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 64 grams. It is marked "R.L" in an squarish... Click for details
Offered is a superb early American coin silver table spoon by Philadelphia silversmith John Owen, who was working in that town circa 1800-31. This piece should date to about 1810-15 by the style of the shoulders and overall style. This tablespoon has an especially well-executed period engraved script monogram, with fluted lettering. It also features an extremely clear, well-struck maker's mark. Please review all the pictures by clicking on the picture above. This piece measures about 9... Click for details
Offered is a lovely set of four early American coin silver teaspoons by the well-respected Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Lownes. By style, this set probably dates to the 1790-1800 period, but could be a few years earlier or later. Each spoon has a period engraved script monogram and a legible maker's mark. These spoons measure between about 5 3/4 inches and 6 inches in length, and the set weighs about 84 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, with each spoon having moderate surface... Click for details
Offered is a very fine early American coin silver teaspoon by noted early small-town Ohio silversmith Henry (Harry) Safford. Biographical information on Mr. Safford follows discussion of this piece.
This teaspoon bears a period engraved script monogram, and has a legible maker's mark. This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is very good, with only modest wear and no dents, splits or repairs. By style, this piece dates to about 1810-20,... Click for details
Offered is a lovely and rare set of six early American coin silver teaspoons by noted Maine silversmith Eleazer (or Eleazar in some accounts) Wyer (b. 1786 - d. 1848), who worked alone in Portland, ME from about 1806 to 1814 (the likely period of these spoons, by style) and then in partnership from 1814 to 1818. He worked alone again from 1818 to 1821, and then in partnership from 1821 to 1835. Wyer was successful and his pieces are occasionally seen - however, this is the first set of six... Click for details
Offered is a nice group of six early American coin silver teaspoons in the Old English Pattern, made by John W. Gethen and retailed by Allen Armstrong, both of Philadelphia. Armstrong was in the gold-and-silversmithing business from about 1806-16 before turning to the general hardware business around 1817. These six spoons each bear Armstrong's retailer's mark, and Gethen's manufacturer's mark. Each is also engraved with a period script monogram of "MJH". These spoons measure between about 6... Click for details
Offered is a scarce early American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith and jeweler David Kelley, whose biographical information appears following the description of this piece. This piece is decorated with a lovely period engraved script monogram of "AK" and bears a well-struck maker's mark for Kelley. This is only the second Kelley spoon I've come across. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 20 grams. Condition is fair at best with a lot of dings and... Click for details
Offered is a scarce example of a transitional fiddle pattern early 19th Century American coin silver teaspoon by William Haverstick, Jr., with die-struck "sheaf-of-wheat" decoration to the back of the bowl. The Haverstick family may have been the only Americans to have used a sheaf of wheat pictureback decoration on some of their spoons; many birdbacks are known, but the wheat-back spoons are somewhat less common. This teaspoon has a legible maker's mark and a period engraved block initial... Click for details
This 8 1/2" long, 1.6 T. oz., table or place spoon is marked "L. Heck" for Lewis or Ludwig. The volume "Silversmiths of Lancaster, Pennsylvania" by Vivian Gerstell lists his dates as 1755-1817, first showing up in tax records in 1778.
Gerstell also notes that he "held various positions in the community," indicating he was a person of standing and good reputation, and she illustrates both hollow and flatware made by him.
Offered is a good early American coin silver tea spoon by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is typical of Guthrie's work, from the early form and period script monogram of "EW", to the distinctive roulette-work style engraved heel. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and overall is in good condition, with little wear and has a few minor dings to the bowl but no splits or repairs. This piece... Click for details
Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known maker John Reynolds (1770-1832), working from the 1790s through 1808 and probably much later. By style, this spoon should date to circa 1810 or later. This is one of several marks attributed to Reynolds; others include a different initials mark, and the mark J.Reynolds in script. This mark is shown in several reference works on Maryland silver. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. ... Click for details
Offered is a very rare example of the output of the partnership of noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Anthony and his son Michael. This partnership was short-lived, lasting only from 1810-14. The two spoons here were used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" despite the rubbing of the marks, due to the extreme rarity of the mark of this partnership. The spoons are each also marked with the manufacturer's mark of Thomas Harper (working circa 1811-17), who also made silver for (Jean)... Click for details
Offered is a fine and very early Ohio coin silver master salt spoon or condiment spoon by Columbus and Wooster silversmith Lindel (or Lindol) Sprague. Mr. Sprague was born October 12, 1798 in Cooperstown, New York. According to information online, he appears to have been apprenticed to William Platt of Columbus, OH around 1810, and by 1815 was in business for himself. He was master to his brother Hezekiah from around 1817 to 1820 in Columbus, before relocating to Wooster around 1820. He... Click for details
Offered is a very fine and large early American coin silver dessert spoon by Philadelphia silversmith William Hanse McDowell, working circa 1817 to his death in 1842. McDowell was typically listed in city directories as a watch and clock maker, and silver bearing his mark is exceedingly hard to find. The mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Given the style of the piece and the appearance of an eagle head mark similar to that used by William... Click for details
Offered is a gorgeous pair of American coin silver sugar tongs by Ward & Cox, a very short-lived (1811) partnership between silversmiths Jehu Ward and Benjamin Cox. This pair of sugar tongs, dating back more than two hundred years, is exceptional for its form and execution. See the pictures for the lovely detail on the grips and the fine proportions. These tongs measure about 5 5/8 inches in length, and weigh about 44 grams. The tongs bear an engraved period script monogram to the bow, and a... Click for details
Offered is a large and early Bethlehem, Pennsylvania coin silver tablespoon bearing one of the maker's marks used by silversmith Jedediah Weiss - this spoon relates to a pair of spoons I am listing today with Weiss' initial mark; this spoon, however, bears Weiss' full name mark. Weiss' biographical information follows a description of the tablespoons. These spoon measures about 8 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 56 grams. This spoon bears a large and well-executed period engraved script... Click for details