Important Set of Six Chambersburg, PA Teaspoons by Charles Young
Offered is a fine and rare set of American coin silver teaspoons circa 1805-10 by sought-after Chambersburg silversmith Charles Young, whose biographical information appears below. The spoons in this set of six measure about 5 5/8 inches in length on average, and the set weighs about 76 grams altogether. Each piece is marked with a clear maker's mark and all are engraved with a period script monogram. Condition is very good, with minor tip wear and signs of use, but no dents of note and no splits or repairs. These spoons are quite rare - this is the only set of six survivors I am aware of for Mr. Young, and the only transitional fiddle style pieces I have seen of his (most are pointed-end). All in all a fine set by a master Chambersburg silversmith!
Charles Young, silversmith and clockmaker, first appears in Chambersburg tax records in 1791 and seems to have worked continuously in that town for over 40 years, leaving the records in 1833, the probable time of his death. A Charles Young born in Borenfeld, Germany in 1759 supposedly settled in Chambersburg after first arriving in Philadelphia with his parents. It is unclear whether these details relate to the Charles Young who worked as a silversmith. Charles Young the silversmith and watchmaker is known only to have worked in Chambersburg, and surprisingly, only a few clocks and a handful of spoons seem to have survived, despite a career spanning more than forty years. Much more remains to be learned about Mr. Young's life and career.