Theodore Schwabe Tablespoon Ca. 1846-56, Zanesville, OH
A fine and rare American coin silver tablespoon by little-known Zanesville, Ohio jeweler Theodore Schwabe, working circa 1846-58. This is the only example of Schwabe's work that I've encountered or heard of. Schwabe was also a clockmaker, and an eight-day clock is known bearing his name. Schwabe advertised as a manufacturer of Masonic jewelry in 1858; he died in that year. Silver bearing Schwabe's mark appears to be quite rare, and this is a good example, with an extremely clear maker's mark. This spoon measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs 44 grams. It is in very good condition, with light wear due to normal use, but no dents, splits or repairs. A fine example of Zanesville silver from a scarce maker!