Rare Anthony Rasch Teaspoon Marked STERLING SILR.
Offered is a fine early American coin silver tea spoon by noted Philadelphia and New Orleans silversmith Anthony Rasch. This spoon is interesting in that it is one of the few pieces of flatware Rasch marked STERLING SILR.; only a few Philadelphia and Baltimore silversmiths seem to have been doing this in the first two decades of the 19th Century. The maker's mark and standard mark on this spoon are well-struck and clear, and the spoon also has a period engraved script monogram. This piece probably dates to Rasch's Philadelphia period by style, and that would be consistent with these marks. This piece measures about 5 11/16 inches in length, and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is very good, with modest wear from normal use, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of Anthony Rasch's work, and of early American silver!