Fayette, Missouri or Lyons, Iowa Coin Silver Spoon - John H. Potts
Offered is a good example of early Midwestern coin silver, a teaspoon marked and perhaps made by clock and watch maker, jeweler, silversmith and dentist John H. Potts, working in Fayette, Missouri in the 1840s, and possibly in Lyons, Iowa by the 1850s. Potts was a working jeweler at least into the late 1860s, though I haven't fully researched him. He was in partnership with Henry W. Kring around 1841 in Fayette. An advertisement in the the "Boon's Lick Times" of Fayette, Missouri in 1844 noted that Mr. Potts was able to offer "silver spoons made to order." This spoon bears Mr. Pott's mark twice, and a pseudo-hallmark of a "P" - perhaps his manufacturer's mark. I would guess this spoon dates to the 1850s or 1860s, but can't be sure, as there are examples similar to this from the 1840s made on the East Coast - as such it could date to Potts' latter years in Missouri. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with only moderate wear and a few dings - there are no splits or repairs. This spoon bears period engraving for the original owner. All in all a nice Midwestern piece of coin silver!