Philadelphia Coin Silver Pictureback Spoon Circa 1815
A lovely early American coin silver teaspoon by silversmith John Owen of Philadelphia, circa 1815. Owen is known for his birdback teaspoons, but this spoon has a bowlback decoration of a spangle or crown (or possibly even a stand of tulips!) that is unrecorded in Hollan, or elsewhere to my knowledge. In fifteen years of dealing in coin silver, I have never seen another. This spoon is in excellent condition, with no dents, splits or repairs, and only light wear from normal usage. It is engraved with a period script monogram of FM, and has a clear maker's mark. This piece measures a little under 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs 12 grams. All in all a fine piece of Philadelphia coin silver!