length 12 1/2 inches, weight 6.0 Troy ounces, monogrammed "J.E.L." in period script with flourishes, marked A.L. Coan Mobile" in serrated rectangle.
The bowl has a few more scratches than we'd like to see, and a small dip at the edge which we show in excruciating detail (see third photo), but all in all a pleasant and substantial item which presents itself quite well.
Offered is a nice pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by the well-known partnership of Jehu Williams, Sr. and John Victor, working together in Lynchburg circa 1814 to 1845. (Please see my other listings for a pair of teaspoons from the same family by Jehu Williams working alone.) Each spoon has a rubbed but legible maker's mark of W&V and a period engraved script monogram. These spoons each measure about 5 3/8 inches in length and the pair weighs about 28 grams. Condition is fair, with... Click for details
Offered is a good pair of Southern coin silver teaspoons by Virginia silversmith Jehu Williams, Sr., working first in Fredericksburg and then for the majority of his career in Lynchburg. For most of his time in Lynchburg, Williams was in partnership with John Victor - the partnership began around 1814 and lasted until Victor's death in 1845. Williams then worked alone from 1845 to 1856 and with his son from 1856 to Jehu Sr.'s death in 1859. The mark on these spoons is attributed by Hollan to... Click for details
Offered is a good set of six early Southern coin silver table forks by Florida watchmakers and jewelers Selim Myers and Robert Berry Gorman, working in partnership from early 1858 through about 1881, with a break due to Mr. Gorman's service in the Confederate service during the War. Biographical information follows a description of this piece. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, and please take a look at a separately listed Tallahassee coin silver teaspoon by Towle &... Click for details
Offered is a good early Southern coin silver spoon by Florida watchmakers and jewelers Frederick Towle and Selim Myers, working in partnership circa late 1843 or early 1844 through about 1857. Biographical information follows a description of this piece. Please click on the picture to see the rest of the pictures, and please take a look at a separately listed set of six Tallahassee coin silver forks by Myers & Gorman, from the same family.
Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1825 by noted Richmond, Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biography appears below. This teaspoon is graced with a period engraved monogram and a slightly rubbed but legible maker's mark. Condition is good overall, with a small ding to the bowl and a short scratch to the back of the bowl (see pics) that is not a split or fissure, but just a scratch. There are no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 1/4 inches in... Click for details
Offered is an unusual early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1820 bearing a crude mark of "PEABODY." in a rectangular punch. The maker's mark is slightly rubbed but still legible. This mark is attributed by William Voss (see the American Silversmiths website by googling "silversmiths" and "genealogy") to Nathaniel Prentice Peabody (1806-1883), working in Bennettsville, Marlboro, SC circa 1830-70. However, I think it possible due to the style of this piece that this is the work and mark of... Click for details
Offered is a gorgeous Southern coin silver christening or baby cup by leading Washington, D.C. jeweler Henry Semken (born circa 1825 in Prussia, died in 1895 in D.C.), in business in Washington circa 1855-89. This cup has a clear maker's mark or retailer's mark for Semken, and is very well engraved with the dedication inscription, which is touching. I have rarely seen a piece of coin silver hollowware, especially a handled cup, in better condition. There is little in the way of signs of use... Click for details
Offered is a nice Southern coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark of James T. Scott & Co., working in Wheeling, Virginia and later West Virginia circa the mid 1850s through the late 1860s. Mr. Scott and his partners seem to have mostly retailed silver, though this bears only his maker's or retailer's mark, and no manufacturer's marks. In my other listings on the site, I have several other spoons, with different monograms but also found around Wheeling, with James T. Scott & Co.'s mark. This... Click for details
Offered is a nice pair of Southern coin silver spoons bearing the mark of James T. Scott & Co., working in Wheeling, Virginia and later West Virginia circa the mid 1850s through the late 1860s. Mr. Scott and his partners seem to have mostly retailed silver made by James Watts in Philadelphia, and these spoons bear one of Watts' manufacturer's marks. In my other listings on the site, I have several other spoons, with different monograms but also found around Wheeling, with James T. Scott &... Click for details
Offered is a fine set of six early Southern coin silver teaspoons by well-known but scarce Washington, DC silversmith and jeweler Seraphim Masi (1797-1884), who was working in DC by about 1820 and who is best known for making many of the skippets (diplomatic seals) for the United States government during the 1820s and later including one for Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan in the 1850s. Masi's work is hard to find and is always good quality. These teaspoons each bear a good clear maker's... Click for details
Offered is a good example of the maker's mark and work of Philip Louis Reese (1839-1897), a little-known jeweler and silversmith who trained in Cincinnati, Ohio and then commenced in business in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He appears to have begun his trade in Kentucky around 1857, and by 1860 was married and prospering. He apparently made and/or sold flatware and julep cups, among other items, though his mark seems to be quite rare - Boultinghouse's "Kentucky Silversmiths" could not find a single... Click for details
Offered is a very rare Southern coin silver soup ladle bearing the maker's mark of Frederick Yeiser & Co. of Kentucky. Frederick Yeiser (born circa 1822) and his brother George worked first in Danville circa 1840s to about 1855, and then moved to Lexington sometime between 1855 and 1859. Sometime probably after the war he moved to Lancaster (Garrard County), KY, but was back in Danville by the mid-1870s. The Yeiser family was one of the early Danville families, having moved there by 1814. ... Click for details
Offered is a fine fiddlethread pattern master butter knife bearing the mark of Mobile, AL jeweler and watchmaker Albert J. Leslie, and the manufacturer's mark of Wood & Hughes. This is not technically Southern coin silver as it is marked sterling, but it dates just to the end of the coin silver era, circa 1865-75. This piece measures almost eight inches in length and weighs about 44 grams. It is graced with a good period engraved script monogram and a clear, legible retailer's mark for A. J.... Click for details
Offered is a good early American coin silver table spoon circa 1810-25 by well-known silversmith Thomas McConnell, who worked from about 1797 to 1818 in Wilmington, Delaware (with a brief stint in Baltimore in 1814 or so), and then in Richmond, Virginia from 1818 until his death in 1825. This piece could have been made in either location as McConnell had known production under taxation in both locations, though the majority of his work that has a provenance points to a Delaware origin. This... Click for details
Offered is a fine early fiddle pattern American coin silver teaspoon bearing the maker's mark B.LORD, for Benjamin Lord, a silversmith who began his career in Rutland, Vermont and moved to Athens, Georgia by 1831. Benjamin died in Athens in 1843. His two sons, Benjamin Buel Lord and Ebenezer Lord, also worked in Athens, and in theory his son Benjamin B. Lord could have marked this spoon. By style, this spoon could date from the 1820s or 1830s, so it is unknown whether or not it was made in... Click for details