Good Coin Silver Teaspoon by Jacob Kucher of Philadelphia, c.1805-14
Offered is a good early American coin silver teaspoon by Philadelphia silversmith Jacob Kucher (born circa 1773), who was working in that city by 1796 and produced the majority of his work by 1814 or so. He later entered into other professional pursuits. Kucher's work is often distinctive in style, as can be seen with the interestingly proportioned fiddle handle and the keyhole-style drop. The maker's mark of IK in a rectangle is well-struck and legible, and the spoon also has an engraved script monogram that is probably period. This spoon measures about 5 1/2 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition overall is good, with some surface wear but no dents, splits or repairs (there is a very minor nick above the monogram - see last picture; this is not a split). All in all a good piece with a nice early Philadelphia mark!