Southern Coin Silver Tablespoon by Samuel Lewis of Washington, D.C.
Offered is an early American coin silver table spoon by Washington, D.C. silversmith and jeweler Samuel Lewis, who worked primarily on Pennsylvania Avenue from about 1840 until his death in 1880. Lewis trained in Baltimore and upon the end of his apprenticeship immediately established himself in Washington, where he enjoyed the patronage of the White House, among others. This tablespoon bears a good strong maker's mark for Mr. Lewis, and also has a period engraved script monogram to the handle. This piece measures about 8 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 44 grams. Condition is fair, with moderate wear to the bowl edge and surface, and some small dings and scratches from normal use. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a good piece of Southern coin silver!