Vermont or Georgia Coin Silver Spoon by Benjamin Lord
Offered is a fine early fiddle pattern American coin silver teaspoon bearing the maker's mark B.LORD, for Benjamin Lord, a silversmith who began his career in Rutland, Vermont and moved to Athens, Georgia by 1831. Benjamin died in Athens in 1843. His two sons, Benjamin Buel Lord and Ebenezer Lord, also worked in Athens, and in theory his son Benjamin B. Lord could have marked this spoon. By style, this spoon could date from the 1820s or 1830s, so it is unknown whether or not it was made in Georgia and would be considered a Southern coin silver piece. Regardless, it is a lovely piece with a rubbed but legible maker's mark and a good period script monogram of "MLH". This spoon measures about 6 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. Condition is very good with moderate surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs. What looks like a scratch in the bowl is merely a reflection - this piece looks much better in person than photographs can capture! All in all a fine piece of American coin silver!