Rare Lititz (Lancaster County) Spoon by Francis Lennert
Offered is a rare and fine early American coin silver teaspoon by Lititz silversmith and watchmaker Francis (Frantz) Lewis Lennert. See below for biographical information on this interesting craftsman. This piece is in good condition, with a dent to the bowl but little wear and no splits or repairs. This spoon has a well-executed period engraved script monogram, and a good legible maker's mark. There is also a later engraved monogram to the reverse. This piece measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. By style, it should date to the 1820s or 1830s. Few examples of Mr. Lennert's work survive. Francis Lewis Lennert was born in Lititz on November 17, 1805; he was the son of John Peter and Joanna Susanna (Knauss) Lennert. He was born into the Moravian community, but was not a member of the Congregation at the time of his death. In addition to being a watch and clock maker, Mr. Lennert played the "serpent" in the village music scene. Mr. Lennert died on August 10, 1872 in Lititz. He never married, and this may be explained in part by the account of him given by one Lizetta M. Weitzel, a Lititz resident in the period 1828-38; this account was published by Mrs. Weitzel's daughter in the Lititz Record on March 25, 1926. Mrs. Weitzel recalled that "Frantz" Lennert, as she knew him, lived with his mother, a widow, in a log house. He was "very eccentric, fell in love with every girl he saw, and was the butt of all the boys. He was very near-sighted, and on one occasion the young men of the village played a practical joke on him by hanging a bull's head with tin spectacles over his sign."