Oval-end handle, c1800 -- feathered script mono T H C on front; 8-1/2" long. This spoon is also marked IWG for John Ward Gethen, also of Philly, which presents a bit of a puzzle. Both Black and Gethen were silversmiths, the first starting his career in 1795, the latter in 1811. It could be that Gethen added the piece to his inventory and sold it out of his shop. The spoon is in excellent condition, the extended bowl tip unworn...
Pointed-end handle, feathered script mono LW on front; 9" in length. Bird and spoon in excellent condition.
Teaspoon and tablespoon with similar birds struck on bowl backs, each with a laurel wreath in its beak. The teaspoon is 5" long, with square shoulders and a feathered script mono C C on the front of the handle. It is marked with the maker's full name: D.WEATHERLY. The tablespoon (or serving spoon) is 9-5/8" long, with square shoulders and a feathered script mono S C G. It is struck twice with the maker's initial mark: D.W (see pic)...
Featheredged, oval-end handle, short reverse rib, ornate feathered script mono W L on handle front with identifying No. 22 below. Length is 5-1/8" New England birdbacks are extremely rare. The bird on this piece is probably unique - a dove at rest among branches. It is not at all like the Philadelphia birds.
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Oval-end handle, c1790 -- drop on bowl back, reverse rib, feathered script mono D on front; 7-1/2" in length. A little unevenness in bowl, otherwise condition is excellent.
New England picturebacks are extremely rare -- none moreso than Rhode Island birds. Only Burr is known to have produced birdback spoons. The bird on this piece is in bold relief, all of its parts intact. The spoon itself has a pointed-end handle with a clearly defined reverse rib. The mono is C * H in shaded block letters, and the length is 5-1/4". The mark is E (pellet) BURR. The bowl tip has a bit of wear, otherwise the overall condition is excellent.
Oval-end handles, c1795 -- brightcutting and roulette work entire length of handle, block mono in I C in cartouche on front; 9" in length. Birds are a tad worn but spoons are in great shape, brightcutting still crisp, marks (M&R) as clear as the day they were struck.
Eagle-&-shield design in sharp relief on bowl back (as shown); oval-end handle, c1810 -- reverse rib, feathered script mono J L on front; 5-3/4" in length. Condition of both bird and spoon is near-mint.
Oval-end handle, block mono B over T L on front; 5-7/8" in length. Bird is lightly struck, but all of its parts seem to be intact. Condition of spoon is excellent, no tipwear.
Oval-end handle, block mono M * C on front; 5-3/4" in length. Bird and spoon are quite good -- all the feathers in place and bowl tip unworn.
This particular pictureback seems to be unique with David. The flower is contained within an ornate scroll cartouche. The image is in excellent condition, retaining its original crispness. So too with the spoon itself: the extended bowl tip is unworn, the oval-end handle having a prominent reverse rib, and with the feathered script mono M L on the front.
Brightcut and roulette work length of handle, shaded feathered script mono R G in cartouche; 5-3/4" long. Condition of spoon is excellent, bird is very good.