Oval-end handle, c1780 -- 13-lobe shell drop ob bowl back, reverse tipt, block mono P W on front; 4-7/8" long. Very light tipwear, otherwise condition is terrific, as are drop and mark (see pic).
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.
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.
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.
Double-swell fiddle handle, c1860 -- flared shoulders, script mono D D B on front; 6" long. Condition is fine, with just a few shallow bowl wimples.
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.
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.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled : Pre 1837 VR item #421818 (stock #886)
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...
`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.
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.
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.
All Items : Silver : Coin Silver : Flatware : Fiddle-Handled : Pre 1837 VR item #1061939 (stock #877)
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.