Fayetteville, North Carolina Teaspoon by John Selph
Offered is a fine and very early example of the work of Fayetteville, NC silversmith John Selph, working circa 1807 to 1838. Selph's work is quite scarce, and this piece is the earliest I've seen by style. The square shoulders and tapered transitional handle put this in the first decade of Selph's career, most likely somewhere between 1807-15. This piece bears a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram that is a little rubbed but appears to be ERW. Condition is decent overall, with some surface wear and scratching, and some dents and dings to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. This Southern coin silver teaspoon measures approximately 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. All in all a fine example of American silver!