Rare St. Louis Salt Spoon by Horace P. Woodbridge c1835
Offered is a very scarce example of the work of little-known silversmith Horace P. Woodbridge, who appears to have worked in St. Louis around 1835. His mark is known on at least one piece that also bears a city mark of ST.LOUIS. See "Missouri's Silver Age" by Norman Mack, page 150. Mr. Woodbridge apparently died young at age 47; it is unknown how long he was able to make or mark silver. This salt spoon is quite small at about 3 1/2 inches in length, and weighs about 6 grams. Condition is very good, with some modest surface wear and a few scratches, but no dents, splits or repairs. There is a good period engraved script monogram, and the maker's mark is mostly clear and legible. All in all a fine piece, essential for any St. Louis or Missouri silver collection!