Set of 5 Teaspoons by Brady & Elliott, Pottsville, PA
$65.00 $75.00 the Set, or $20 Each
Offered is a fine set of five American coin silver tea spoons by the Pottsville, Pennsylvania partnership of Brady & Elliott , working on Centre St. in Pottsville circa 1853. See below for information on lead partner William Brady. This set of teaspoons averages about 5 5/8 inches in length and the five spoons together weigh about 88 grams. It is engraved in period script with the name Lee - given the small size of the Pottsville community at the time, the probably identity of the original owning family may be ascertainable. Condition is good overall, with moderate wear; some spoons have dings to the bowl but none have splits or repairs.
William Brady is not well known, but luckily his obituary, which gives good information, was published in the July 22, 1879 edition of the Harrisburg Telegraph: "William Brady. The last of five brothers, all well - known, and each highly esteemed in the business circle in which he moved in this city the last of these brothers died last night. William Brady, the subject of this brief sketch, was the youngest son of Dennis Brady, a name well - known to the older portion of the citizens of Harrisburg. Dennis Brady had five sons Patrick, Daniel, John, James and William now all dead, William and John having died within this year. William Brady became a jeweler and watchmaker in Philadelphia, where he served a regular period in acquiring a knowledge of the business. He went to Pottsville early in the decade of 1850, where he remained until 1857, when he removed to this city, and opened a jewelry, watch and silver ware establishment, in which business he continued until his death. About a year ago he had a paralytic stroke, by which he lost his speech, but was not otherwise affected. A second stroke terminated his life. Deceased was a man of strict business habits, very popular with those who knew mm, and in all respects correct in his personal habits. His death removes out of the business circles of Harrisburg a very valuable citizen."
All in all a fine example of small-town Pennsylvania coin silver!