Fine American Coin Silver Fiddle Shell Pattern Tablespoon - Lewis Cary
Offered is a lovely American coin silver fiddle and shell pattern table spoon by well-known Boston silversmith Lewis Cary (1798 - 1834), who probably apprenticed under Churchill & Treadwell, and who seems to have operated from about 1821 until 1830. Cary died at the age of 36, presumably from an illness. However, in his short lifespan, he produced a number of high-quality pieces, and this tablespoon is typical of his work. It is large and heavy at 9 inches in length and 62 grams, and it is nicely decorated and engraved with a period script monogram. The maker's mark is well-struck and extremely clear. Condition is very good, with light surface wear from normal use but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a good piece of early 19th Century Boston coin silver!