Rare Early Missouri Coin Silver Spoon, August Guelberth
A fine early American coin silver teaspoon by St. Louis, Missouri silversmith Auguste Guelberth, circa 1831-40. Guelberth was born in Switzerland in 1797, and moved to the Hudson's Bay Territory before settling in St. Louis in 1827. Guelberth began his career in St. Louis working for Joseph Bouju, but struck out on his own by 1831. Although several marks have been identified as his, work bearing his name is quite scarce. Guelberth was volunteer firefighter, and was a slaveholder in a state that would later be largely sympathetic to the Southern cause. This tea spoon measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is very good, with a little wear and minor dings, but no splits or repairs. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and a good clear maker's mark. A fine early Missouri spoon!