Rare Early Davenport, Iowa Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by A. C. Billon
Offered is a scarce American coin silver dessert spoon by A. C. Billon of Davenport, Iowa, circa 1849-65. Billon, whose first name appears from period newspaper notices to have been Alfred, started the first jewelry store in Davenport in 1849, and may have been in business as late is the 1890s. He may or may not have been related to the famous silversmith Charles Frederick Billon of St. Louis, and his progeny. This dessert spoon should date by style to the 1849-65 era. It is marked with Billon's mark and a city mark for Davenport. This is the only piece I've seen with this set of marks. This piece is also decorated with an engraved period set of script initials for the original owner. This spoon measures about 7 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 32 grams. Condition is good overall, with some minor dimples in the bowl and modest wear from normal use, but no splits or repairs. All in all a fine early example of Iowa coin silver!