Fine Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by William H. McDowell of Philadelphia
Offered is a very fine and large early American coin silver dessert spoon by Philadelphia silversmith William Hanse McDowell, working circa 1817 to his death in 1842. McDowell was typically listed in city directories as a watch and clock maker, and silver bearing his mark is exceedingly hard to find. The mark on this piece was used for the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan. Given the style of the piece and the appearance of an eagle head mark similar to that used by William Seal, it is very likely this piece was made before 1820. This spoon measures about 7 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. Condition is very good, with a little wear to the tip and some small dimples or bumps to the bowl here and there, but no splits or repairs. This spoon has a clear, crisp maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. All in all a fine early piece of Philadelphia coin silver!