Early Coin Silver Tablespoon by John Frederick Ernst of Cooperstown NY
Offered is a large early American coin silver tablespoon marked ERNST in a rectangular punch; the monogram and style of the punch indicate this piece is definitely American, as does the style of the spoon itself. John Frederick Ernst, Jr. worked in Cooperstown from circa 1808 to his death in 1830, and though the Darling Foundation's book on New York silversmiths does not have a picture of a mark for him, he is the best fit to have made this piece by style. However, if you have a better candidate for this mark, please let me know. This piece seems to date to the 1825-35 range, and as such would fit for a piece made late in Ernst's career. It does not feel much later than that. This table spoon measures about 9 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 50 grams. It has a crisp, clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram for the original owner. Condition overall is excellent, with only modest surface wear, no notable dents, and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine large piece of American coin silver!