Indiana Coin Silver Master Salt Spoon by W. H. Talbott
Offered is a nice little American coin silver salt spoon bearing the mark of William H. Talbott of Indianapolis. This piece is in good used condition, with wear but no splits or repairs. It measures about 3 13/16 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Below is biographical information relating to Mr. Talbott, from "Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis" by John H. B. Nowland (1870): “William H. Talbott - Came from Charleston, Clark County, to this place in the year 1833, and is another that lost nothing by becoming a citizen of Indianapolis. He was a mere boy, and lived with his brother-in-law, the late Major Alexander F. Morrison.
Soon after he came here he engaged with Daniel A. Webb to learn the trade or business of a jeweler. When Mr. Webb sold out and left the place Mr. Talbott continued with his trade. He then, for several years, carried on the business of jeweler, which also embraced that of watch repairing. He was attentive and assiduous to his duties, and did a larger portion in that branch of business than anyone in the city, and by that means, and others, was enabled to retire with a competency.
He has on several occasions been a delegate at large from this State in the Democrat conventions, was for some years chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee, and considered an efficient officer, a good political tactician and wire-worker for the party.
In 1863 he was elected by the Legislature president of the Sinking Fund, and held the office for several years. He is not now engaged in any particular business farther than the attention to his private property, which is considerable. He has a fine private residence at the southwest corner of Ohio and Meridian streets, one of the most fashionable portions of the city.
Mr. Talbott was for several years one of the leading beaux of the capital, and thought by some to be given over to bachelorism, but by a fortunate circumstance he met with a daughter of the late Captain Tinker, then of Cincinnati, and surrendered to her charms a 'prisoner at will’."