Coin Silver Teaspoon with Very Rare Mark - Richard Garratt, Ca. 1830
Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of R.GARRATT, which was used by little-known silversmith Richard Garratt, whose biographical information appears below. Garratt is not mentioned in any silver reference book I've been able to review, and this is the only example of his mark that I've seen. This piece has a very clear maker's mark and is engraved in period script with the original owner's name. This spoon measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is good overall, with some modest tip wear and a few dimples and dings to the bowl All in all a fine example of a rare mark!
DR. RICHARD GARRATT, Sparta. Born in Burlington, Otsego Co., N. Y., in 1813. His father died when he was a child; was brought up by his maternal grandfather. He learned the trade of a silversmith, which trade he followed for many years. About 1840, the subject of the treatment of disease, by the use of homeopathic remedies, was brought to his notice, and he adopted this school of treatment, and has prescribed homoeopathic remedies for many years. He came to Wisconsin in 1856, and settled on his present place, which he had purchased about a year previous to that time. Although engaged in farming, yet he has given much attention to his favorite system of medicine, and in the earlier history of the county devoted considerable time to the treatment of diseases. His wife was Janet Caroline Tyler, born in Connecticut. They have one daughter, Emily. (Source: History of Northern Wisconsin, published 1881.)