Rare Set of Six Coin Silver Teaspoons by John Germon of Philadelphia
Offered is a rare set of six American coin silver spoons by celebrated silversmith John Germon of Philadelphia, working circa 1785-1825, if I recall correctly. Available biographical information on Germon is in Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths." Mr. Germon's work is nearly always of the highest quality, and he had a number of different, aesthetically pleasing, maker's marks. These teaspoons by style should date to about the 1805-15 timeframe, and each bears Germon's maker's mark of his surname in a conforming punch. Each spoon is also engraved with a period script monogram of "EW" for the original owner. These spoons measure about 5 1/2 inches in length on average, and the set weighs a total of about 76 grams. Condition overall is very good, with little wear and no splits or repairs; however, one spoon has some dimpling or light teething marks to the handle, and a couple of spoons have minor dimples. All in all a fine set by a major Philadelphia silversmith!