Very Early Columbus or Wooster, OH Condiment Spoon by Lindel Sprague
Offered is a fine and very early Ohio coin silver master salt spoon or condiment spoon by Columbus and Wooster silversmith Lindel (or Lindol) Sprague. Mr. Sprague was born October 12, 1798 in Cooperstown, New York. According to information online, he appears to have been apprenticed to William Platt of Columbus, OH around 1810, and by 1815 was in business for himself. He was master to his brother Hezekiah from around 1817 to 1820 in Columbus, before relocating to Wooster around 1820. He worked in Wooster from about 1820-72, first in partnership with his brother from 1820-29, and then on his own. Lindel Sprague died February 17, 1881 in Wooster. This early piece almost certainly dates from Lindel Sprague's first period, as a Columbus silversmith. By style, it should date to the 1815-20 period, and certainly not to the period after his partnership with his brother. As such, it appears to be a quite early Columbus coin silver piece. This spoon is engraved with a period script monogram of "CFH" that perhaps can be traced to the original owners given the size of Columbus at the time; the spoon also has a well-struck and very clear maker's mark. This piece is in very good condition, with some scratches on the back of the bowl but no other surface issues and no dents, splits or repairs. It measures about 4 inches in length and weighs about 8 grams. All in all a lovely and early piece of Ohio coin silver!