Pinched-waist fiddle handle, pointed shoulders, script mono on front; 8-1/8" in length. Condition is fine. Mitchell is not listed in any of the books dedicated to Missouri silver. However, the 1860 census lists George Mitchell, age 41, as a jeweller, with a wife and 2 sons. Further, spoons have been collected which show both Mitchell's mark and his home town of Hannibal. Probably by this time, Sam Clemens would have moved east.
Downturned fiddle handle, no shoulders, long drop on bowl back, reverse tipt; 9" in length, 57 grams in weight, just short of 2 T oz. Condition is near-mint, extended bowl tip unworn, Warner's DW mark is described in Deerfield Silver and shown on-line, which can be reached by googling American Silversmiths.
Pointed-end handle, c1790 -- long narrow drop on bowl back, block mono H * B on front; 5" long. Condition is excellent - extended bowl tips unworn.
Pinched-waist fiddle handle, pointed shoulders, script mono J L on front; 5-11/16" long, 3 Troy oz. One of the handles appears to have been chewed on, otherwise condition is excellent, extended tips unworn.
Typical midwest pinched-waist fiddle handles, pointed shoulders, feathered script mono JMcA on one pair, BNA on the other pair. Length is 7-3/8", weight is 4.5 Troy oz. Condition is near mint, extended bowl tips unworn.
Pinched-waist fiddle handle, c1850 -- pointed shoulders, feathered script mono S J L on front; 8-5/8" long, each weighs 50 grams. Condition of both is excellent.
Retailed by F.A. & L. Lesouereux of Columbus, made by Whiting Mfg. Co. -- forward tipt fiddle handle, sugarloaf shoulders, 5-1/2" long, 2.75 T oz. Mono on front in script is Nancy Mark. Condition, after 150 years, is excellent.
Forward-tipt fiddle handle, flared shoulders, old English mono M.M. on front; 8-1/2" in length. Condition is excellent. Cutten & Peacock, in their book, "Silversmiths of North Carolina," assumed that the N-C included in the maker's mark meant that Hanna was from NC. Not so, as it turns out.
All Items : : Pre 1800 item #1081858 (stock #106Q)
Pointed-end handle, c1790 -- drop on bowl back, reverse tipt, feathered script mono AM with decorative flower on front (see closeup), one with engraved numeral 1 at tip of handle, second with the number 5. Length is 6". Both in near-mint condition.
Mustard ladle, c1810-20 -- This is a 4-3/4"-long piece with an extraordinarily long (2-1/2") fiddle; it has square shoulders and a tiny (3/4") oval bowl. Mono, as shown, is T E C in feathered script. One would think that a smith, or a partnership of smithies, with a 3-letter mark would be easy to find. Not so. We went thru the B's in Kovel and other silver books to no avail. Then we did the same with the A's, thinking it might be a 3-person partnership. Still no luck. Shame, that...
Classic coffin-end, c1800, straight tapering line from handle end to bowl - incised pointed arch drop, reverse rib, block mono H R on front; 5-3/8" long. Excellent condition throughout.
`Retailed by E. Mead & Co., St. Louis -- feathered script mono W F L on scimitar-like blade; 6-3/4" in length. Excellent condition. Josephine was Mary Todd Lincoln's pattern. Other than the last initial of the mono, there is absolutely no indication that these pieces were part of her set.
All Items : : Pre 1800 item #1075457 (stock #106X)
Oval-end handle, 11-lobe shell drop on bowl back, light reverse rib, block mono H over W*R on front; 4-7/16" long. Four little pinpricks on back of bowl, otherwise condition is excellent. Mark and mono still crisp.
Made by J.P. & Co., London -- 18th-century man-o'-war with all sails aloft -- forward-tipt handle ends, never monogrammed, 4-3/4" in length; all in mint condition.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled : Pre 1837 VR item #1072056 (stock #367)
Downturned fiddle handle, flared shoulders, drop on bowl back, reverse tipt, feathered script mono CAO on front; 5-1/2" in length, 2 Troy oz in weight. Maybe a touch of tipwear, otherwise excellent.
Shaped fiddle arms, cast claw nips, script mono J E B on bend. Length is 6-1/4". Weight is 1-1/2 Troy oz. Condition is near-mint.
Interesting double-swell fiddle handles, unusual for midwest and southern silver; pointed shoulders, feathered script mono I S B on front; 5-7/8" in length. Excellent condition. Boultinghouse lists William and Archibald Cooper as forming their partnership in 1836 in Cincinnati, probably moving across the river to Louisville the next year. The mark on these spoons is terrific (see pic), not shown in Boultinghouse.
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Marked PITMAN in serrated rectangle, one of the marks used by Saunders Pitman of Providence. Yet Saunders died in 1804 - he couldn't have made this spoon. Then who? His son, John K. Pitman, who was trained by his dad, worked with his pop, and simply continued to use the "family punch." Son Pitman is listed in the Flynt & Fales tome on New England silversmiths, but no mark is attributed to him. This is it! Plus, probably, all the other marks attributed to Saunders...