Lovely Philadelphia Coin Silver Tablespoon Owned by the Tams Family
Offered is a fine early American coin silver table spoon made by Philadelphia silversmiths Samuel Hildeburn and James Watson, working in partnership as Hildeburn & Watson from about 1829 to about 1834. This tablespoon bears a good clear maker's mark and is also engraved with the name of the owner(s), "Tams". This piece was very likely owned by either Sampson Tams or Williams Tams - these men were brothers, and were some of the wealthiest men in the city in the 1830s and 1840s. The source of their fortune was the crockery and china business. This piece measures about 8 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 40 grams. Condition is fairly good overall, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a nice piece of Philadelphia coin silver!