Worn 18th Century Coin Silver Birdback Spoon - Joseph Richardson, Jr.
Offered is a nice serviceable but worn early American coin silver teaspoon by major Philadelphia and Quaker silversmith Joseph Richardson, Jr., circa 1790. This spoon features die-struck birdback decoration, though it is about 80 percent worn off. The bowl also has wear and a few small dings. There are no splits or repairs. This spoon has a period engraved block monogram and the maker's mark for Richardson, Jr. is struck twice near the top of the stem. This is one of the earliest spoons I've seen by Richardson, Jr., and was probably crafted right after his partnership with his brother Nathaniel ended around 1790. Compare this spoon with several others I have listed on the site to see what I am getting at. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. All in all a nice early Philadelphia spoon, well worth saving from the scrappers!