Good New Castle, PA Coin Silver Spoon by James Cook Hanna
Offered is a fine American coin silver teaspoon made or retailed by James Cook Hanna of New Castle, Pennsylvania, circa 1850. This spoon measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. It is engraved "RF" in period script and has a well-struck, clear maker's mark. Condition is very good overall, with modest wear and some small bumps to the bowl. All in all a fine piece of Pennsylvania coin silver!
James Cook Hanna (1826 - 1898) - Working in New Castle, Lawrence County, PA circa 1848 to 1898, alone and then in partnership with his son and finally a partner.
He was born in 1826 at Spring Mills in Center County, Pennsylvania. He reportedly went to Philadelphia for about two years, and thereafter in 1848 came to New Castle in Lawrence County and immediately commenced in the jewelry business on Washington Street. He engaged successfully in this line for more than 50 years, eventually bringing his son into partnership. In 1895 his son left the business and he brought in William J. Eroe as a partner. At the time of his death in 1898, the business was known as Hanna & Eroe.