Good DE or VA Coin Silver Tablespoon by Thomas McConnell Ca. 1810-25
Offered is a good early American coin silver table spoon circa 1810-25 by well-known silversmith Thomas McConnell, who worked from about 1797 to 1818 in Wilmington, Delaware (with a brief stint in Baltimore in 1814 or so), and then in Richmond, Virginia from 1818 until his death in 1825. This piece could have been made in either location as McConnell had known production under taxation in both locations, though the majority of his work that has a provenance points to a Delaware origin. This tablespoon measures about 9 inches in length and weighs about 58 grams. It is engraved with a period script "C" monogram and bears a clear, well-struck maker's mark (mark "c" in Hollan's "Virginia Silversmiths, Their Lives and Marks"). Condition is good overall, with some modest tip and surface wear, and some small dimples in the bowl, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a fine piece of early Delaware or Southern coin silver by a noted maker!