Rare Birdback Tablespoon by Richard Flower Ca. 1783-86
Offered is a rare early American coin silver table spoon by Richard Flower, Jr., working in Philadelphia circa 1783-86. After 1786 he appears to have turned to other professions. Flower is known for his birdback spoons, which are quite uncommon. This is the only example of his work I've come across. The maker's mark is very well struck and clear, and the period engraved script monogram is well executed. The bird (pictured) is a dove, and is fairly well preserved. Condition overall is fair, with some dings and dents and lip wear to the bowl, but with no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 8 11/16 inches in length, and weighs about 56 grams. All in all a rare example of a birdback tablespoon from the 1780s!