Rare Bethlehem, PA Teaspoon - David Henry Bishop
Offered is a rare American coin silver teaspoon marked by David Henry Bishop of Bethlehem. David H. Bishop (b. November 19, 1815, d. December 10, 1874) was apprenticed to Charles F. Beckel to learn the clockmaking business, and according to Whisker (whose book has his first and middle names transposed), took over from Beckel in 1830, while still a boy. Bishop was apparently listed as both a silversmith and a clockmaker, but his silver seems to be exceedingly uncommon, so he may have focused on clocks. This teaspoon measures about 6 1/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. This spoon features a period script engraved monogram and a well-struck maker's mark of D.H.BISHOP in a rectangular punch. Condition is very good, with light wear from normal use, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. There is a very slight ripple in the upper handle. A fine piece of early Pennsylvania coin silver!