Philadelphia Coin Silver Teaspoon with Rare Mark of Marshall & Smith
Offered is an American coin silver spoon bearing the maker's mark of the short-lived Philadelphia partnership of Marshall & Smith, listed in the city directory for 1837 as jewelers. Little is known about this partnership, and it isn't even certain which Marshall was the partner. This teaspoon bears a worn but still legible (more so in person) maker's mark as well as a period engraved script monogram. The handle is graced with a shell. This piece measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition overall is decent, with some dings and bumps to the bowl and some surface wear but no splits or repairs. This spoon is the only example of this mark known, and was used for the mark in Catherine Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths". All in all a fine piece of Philadelphia coin silver!