Coffin-end dessert spoon, c1810, with new attribution
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. You can figure out who made what by the style. Description of the dessert spoon as follows: coffin-fiddle handle, pointed drop, reverse tipt, mono is Russell on front; length is 7". Condition is excellent, bowl tip unworn.