Unusual Bright-Cut Coin Teaspoons
It's hard to say who actually made these spoons – they are unsigned, but marked simply “COIN 3,” and an (unknown) retailer G. Cram – but the habits of both William B. Durgin and Knowles & Ladd which sometimes included that practice, i.e., silver content and a numeral, could argue for either, and their uncommon design would seem to reinforce that assumption. The handles are straight-edged and terminate in 5 lobes. The hand-engraved surface of the handles uses wiggle-work to enclose a trailing branch of ivy beneath a narrow, curved banner that may have been intended for monogramming -- absent from the front, but the name 'Booker' is engraved in script on the reverse. Their condition is very good, with no bends, burrs, pits or repairs. I have seen only one other example of this pattern, and I believe it is a rare one. They are 5.75 in. and weigh 112g for the 6.