Good Pair of Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoons Assay Marked for 1821
Offered is a very nice pair of early American coin silver table spoons by silversmith Nathaniel Munroe, and bearing his maker's mark as well as Baltimore assay marks for the year 1821. Baltimore was the only U.S. locality to institute a formal assay office and system, and pieces bearing these marks are coveted. These include a mark denoting the Arms of the State of Maryland, a mark of a male bust, and the dominical letter for the year. The website for the store Imperial Half Bushel, owned by Patrick Duggan, has an excellent article on these hallmarks. This pair of tablespoons is also engraved with a period monogram "O" for the original owner. These spoons measure about 9 1/4 inches apiece and weigh about 102 grams together. Condition is fairly good, with some tip wear on each spoon and some small bumps and dimples to the bowl of one spoon. There are no splits or repairs. All in all a fine pair of Baltimore coin silver spoons!
Nathaniel Munroe was born around 1777 and seems to have grown up and perhaps apprenticed in Concord, MA, where he married twice before moving to Baltimore at some point prior to his first advertisements in 1817 - perhaps in 1815. According to an excellent article in the September/October 2006 edition of "Silver Magazine", Munroe worked at 222 Market Street from 1819 to 1840. He may (or may not) have spent some time in Selma, Alabama between 1842 and 1850, according to the article, which further notes Mr. Munroe died in Baltimore in 1861.