Unusual R. H. L. Villard Coin Silver Teaspoon from Washington, DC
Offered is a good Southern coin silver tea spoon by Washington, D.C. watchmaker, jeweler and silversmith Richard H. L. Villard, working in Georgetown in the 1820s and 1830s. He had a shop on Bridge Street (now M Street) in Georgetown. Villard was born circa 1794, probably the third son of French emigre parents Andre and Sophie Villard. Richard's middle initials were probably Henry Lee; a near neighbor of his parents in Westmoreland County, Virginia was named Richard Henry Lee, and the couple had another son named Henry Lee Villard, although this might have been the same person. Richard H. L. Villard married in Washington around 1815, and thereupon commenced his profession. He was quite successful, and both flatware and holloware are known bearing his marks, of which at least two are known. Richard H. L. Villard was also the father of Thomas Jefferson Villard, a dentist and watchmaker also working in Georgetown in the 1850s and 1860s. Richard H. L. Villard died March 5, 1849 of dyspepsia and is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington. This teaspoon measures about 5 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. Condition is fair with some buffing to the surface and some dents to the bowl. This piece is engraved with a well-executed period script monogram. The maker's mark is VILLARD in a slanted script; this maker's mark is much less common that his normal mark (VILLARD in a serrated rectangle) The spoon has a very good period engraved script monogram. A fine American coin silver spoon from the Nation's capital!