Very Rare Philadelphia Coffin-End Teaspoon, circa 1806
Offered is an extremely scarce example of a coffin-end spoon definitively from Philadelphia; in fact, this is the only such example I've ever observed. Coffin-end spoons from New York and New England are quite readily found, but the style never took hold in Philadelphia, and is virtually never seen. This spoon was made by John W. Gethen and retailed by Allen Armstrong, who was working circa 1806-16. This piece features good clear marks and a period engraved script monogram. Condition is good, with light surface wear and some minor dimpling to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. All in all a fine example of a form departing the typical Philadelphia style!