Frederick, MD Coin Silver Spoon by Joseph Wharfe c.1819
A lovely early American coin silver teaspoon by rare 'Frederick town' (Frederick) Maryland silversmith Joseph Wharfe (born circa 1789), who was active as a silversmith in Frederick circa 1819-20. He was apprenticed in 1802 to Baltimore silversmith Charles Louis Boehme. He advertised in the Frederick "Political Examiner & Public Advertiser" in April 1820, that he "manufactures all kinds of silverwork" "in the best manner", including: coffee and tea pots, slop basins, cream ewers, sugar dishes, ladles and tea and table spoons. However, he may not have found success, or he died young, as it seems only a few pieces like this spoon have survived. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It is engraved with period script initials of "JD" and is struck with a good maker's mark of WHARFE in a rectangle. Condition is very good with light wear from normal usage, but no dents, splits or repairs. A fine piece of early 19th Century Maryland material culture!