Lovely Pair of Lancaster, PA Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Shaffner
Offered is a good pair of American coin silver teaspoons bearing the mark of John Shaffner of Lancaster, about whom little appears to be known. Shaffner seems to have been more a retailer or merchant than a working silversmith, but must have been successful as there are a fair number of extant spoons and other pieces bearing his mark. He appears to have been in business between about 1825-30 and 1850 or so. This pair of teaspoons has his mark, and each is engraved with a period monogram ("MBP" on one and "SBP" on the other). This pair measures about 5 5/8 inches in length on average and weighs a total of 24 grams. Condition is very good overall, with modest wear and a small dimple here and there. All in all an attractive pair!