Fine Early Mercersburg, PA Teaspoon by William B. Guthrie
Offered is a good early American coin silver tea spoon by little-known Mercersburg, Pennsylvania silversmith William B. Guthrie. Guthrie's biographical information appears below. This piece is typical of Guthrie's work, from the early form and period script monogram, to the distinctive roulette-work style engraved heel. This spoon has a good clear maker's mark and overall is in excellent condition, with little wear and no dents, splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a fine scarce small-town Pennsylvania piece! Mr. Guthrie is well covered in Irwinton's "Crafts of Franklin County, Penna. 1784 - 1984". As that author notes, Mr. Guthrie first appears in Franklin County tax assessments in 1799 as a silversmith. He was listed as a working silversmith through 1816. In 1817 he became postmaster, and may have ceased major activity as a silversmith. Guthrie died in 1822 as a retired gentleman.