Long-Handled Coin Silver Condiment Spn, S. & E. Roberts of Trenton, NJ
Offered is a fine large American coin silver condiment spoon (probably a dry mustard spoon or horseradish spoon) by the Trenton, New Jersey partnership of Samuel and Edmund Roberts, whose biographical information follows the description of the piece. This spoon measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is fair, with some fine scratching on the surface, but no dents, splits or repairs. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and rubbed but legible maker's mark. This piece most likely dates to the 1830s or 1840s but could be a bit later. All in all a good useful piece of New Jersey coin silver!
The house of S. & E. Roberts was founded by Samuel and Edmund Roberts in Trenton at No. 12 North Warren Street in the year 1832. Prior to founding the partnership, Samuel Roberts trained at Princeton, NJ under silversmith Isaac Baker, and briefly worked there on his own. When he came to Trenton, his brother joined him in business. The firm was still in business as of 1882, according to the book "Industries of New Jersey", published at Trenton in 1882, which was the source for the foregoing information.