Good Early Detroit, Michigan Coin Silver Tablespoon, Charles Piquette
Offered is a good American coin silver table spoon bearing the mark of Charles Piquette, silversmith and gold pen manufacturer of Detroit. Charles is one of two sons of Jean-Baptiste Piquette, silversmith of Montreal, who came to Detroit circa 1803. Charles and his brother, John B. Piquette, were trained by their father in the silversmith's profession, but it is more likely this spoon was manufactured by someone else and retailed by Charles Piquette, as his focus seems to have been on the manufacture of gold pens. This tablespoon probably dates to the 1850s, toward the end of Charles' career. It measures about 8 3/4 inches in length, and weighs about 50 grams. Condition is fair to good overall, with one issue - there is a small spot on the bottom of the bowl where someone performed a silver test. There are no other major issues - just a few stubborn tarnish spots and a dimple or scratch here and there. All in all a nice usable piece of pre-Civil war Detroit coin silver!