Scarce Maryland or Pennsylvania Coin Silver Spoon by Emanuel Holsey
Offered is a nice American coin silver teaspoon by itinerant Maryland and Pennsylvania silversmith and clockmaker Emanuel (or Emmanuel) Holsey (ca. 1798 - 1849), who apprenticed to Henry Biershing in Hagerstown, MD around 1815 and who was working on his own in Williamsport, MD circa 1820-21, Hagerstown circa 1821-23, Chambersburg, PA circa 1823-39, and perhaps in Union County, PA circa 1839-49, where he died. Holsey's silver is graced with his relatively crude maker's mark and a great eagle pseudo-hallmark. This spoon also features a period engraved script monogram. Condition is only fair, as the surface has probably been machine-buffed, and there is a small ding on the handle. This spoon measures about 5 15/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. All in all a nice example of a sought-after maker's mark!