Good Engraved New Eng. Coffin-End Teaspons 1805
The death of George Washington is usually credited with this variation in the austere taste in silver that was popular in America at the end of the 18th Century. With the otherwise rounded corners of the spoons beveled to suggest a coffin, this style is considered by many as a uniquely American invention. Longer, more pointed bowls complete the visual suggestion of length from the straight handles of the 7 spoons. The downturn at the (reverse tipt) ends of the handles is slight, the only relief in the plain surface provided by an engraved trail of (probably) stylized bellflowers running from the bottom edge of the engraved cartouche bearing contemporary initials MP. Aside from polishing wear to the surface, the condition is quite good. A couple of the spoons have very small bite marks, but otherwise, there are no bends, tip wear, or pits. Marked on the reverse for Charles Carpenter (b. 1783 in Norwich CT) who trained and worked in Norwich, moving to Boston before 1810 when he appeared in that city's directory. Length is 5.25 in. and weigh 66 g.