Harrisburg, PA Coin Silver Teaspoon - William P. Denehey, Circa 1867
Offered is a good heavy American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Harrisburg jeweler William P. Denehey (biography follows a description of the spoon), and manufacturer's marks probably for Watts of Philadelphia. This piece measures six inches in length and weighs a heavy 20 grams. There is a period engraved script monogram. Condition is excellent, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece with a scarce Pennsylvania mark! William P. Denehey (1842 - 1925) was born and raised in New London, Connecticut. It was there and in New Haven that he learned his trade, finishing in the store of Everett (Deacon) Benjamin. Upon completing his training, he went to New Brunswick, NJ, and worked for Abram Cortelyou. He subsequently worked in New York City, and in 1864 migrated to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There he entered the store of George W. McCalla, located at 210 Market Street. The Harrisburg Telegraph reported in its December 1, 1866 edition that Mrs. George W. McCalla was continuing the business recently occupied by her husband, and that the store was under the immediate supervision of Mr. Denehey. In 1867 Mr. Denehey opened his own store just a few doors away, at 206 Market Street, and there he flourished. He began his retirement process in 1905, transferring control to his employee George Springer and fully retiring in 1909. Mr. Denehey was active in politics as a Democrat, serving on the common council for the Third Ward from 1889 to 1891. Mr. Denehey died June 4, 1925, leaving an estate valued at $55,800, a considerable sum for the time.