Rare Chillicothe, Ohio Coin Silver Spoon Made by Edward P. Pratt
Offered is a fine and scarce example of American coin silver bearing the mark of Cincinnati and Chillicothe, OH silversmith Edward P. Pratt. Mr. Pratt worked in Cincinnati alone and in partnership from about 1828-30, and then spent the rest of his career (about 1831 to 1861) working as a silversmith and jeweler in Chillicothe. Mr. Pratt died in 1866 at the age of about 65. This piece has a good maker's mark or retailer's mark of "E.P.Pratt" in italicized lettering in a rectangular punch; this early maker's mark and the style of the spoon indicates this piece dates to early in Pratt's career, perhaps to his Cincinnati days and in any event probably to the 1828-45 period. This piece has a good period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 13/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is very good overall, with only minor surface wear and bumps to the bowl and no splits or repairs. All in all a good early piece of Ohio coin silver!