Coin Silver Teaspoon, Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, MD
A lovely American coin silver teaspoon by watchmaker and silversmith Henry Biershing of Hagerstown, Maryland. Biershing was born about 1789 and was working in Hagerstown between about 1809 and 1843, the year of his death. This spoon measures about 5 13/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. The spoon has an engraved period script monogram of "MF" and a clear maker's mark of H.BIERSHING in a serrated rectangle. Biershing's work is rarely seen, despite his relatively long career. A fine piece of Western Maryland silver, and some would argue Southern coin silver, given the sympathies of many of the inhabitants of that territory leading up to and during the Civil War.