Fine Set of Six Zanesville, Ohio Coin Silver Spoons by Henry Safford
Offered is a fine set of six American coin silver teaspoons by noted early small-town Ohio silversmith Henry (Harry) Safford. Biographical information on Mr. Safford follows discussion of the spoons. These teaspoons each bear a period engraved script monogram, and each also has a good clear maker's mark. The six spoons average about six inches in length, and the total weight for the set is about 120 grams. Condition overall is very good, with little wear and no dings aside from a shallow dimple in the bowls of two spoons, and a very minor ripple in one spoon's handle. There are no splits or repairs. By style, these spoons probably date to the 1825-35 timeframe, in Safford's Zanesville period. All in all a fine set!
Henry Safford was born in Vermont in 1787 and made his way to Ohio early in life. He was working in Gallipolis by about 1805, and in Marietta by 1810. He relocated to Zanesville by 1812 and later became postmaster of Springfield before retiring to Zanesville. He appears to have been working at least into the late 1820s, judging by the style of his later pieces. Safford died in Putnam or Zanesville in 1869.