Rare Early Philadelphia Coin Silver Platter Spoon by Peter Gallard
Offered is a very rare early American coin silver platter spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Peter Gallard, working circa 1800-22. This piece measures 10 1/8 inches long, half an inch longer than any other Philadelphia coin silver tablespoon I've ever seen; typically a spoon this size would be considered a ragout spoon or platter spoon. This piece weighs about 52 grams and is engraved with a very well-executed period script monogram of "MVD"; there is also a good clear maker's mark (the mark on this particular spoon was used in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths"). Condition overall is very good, with modest surface wear from normal use, but no dents (aside from one or two tiny dimples), splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of a very early coin silver serving piece! Little is known about Peter Callard aside from the facts that he was born in France and is known to have made or retailed birdback spoons. His work generally bears very finely engraved invoices.