Pair of Early Chicago Coin Silver Spoons c1850-54 by Samuel Hoard & Co
Offered is a good pair of earlier Chicago coin silver spoons, bearing the mark of Samuel Hoard & Co., in business at 117 Lake St. from about 1850 to 1854. Chicago silversmiths, jewelers and watchmakers are not widely documented, and it is always a treat to find silver bearing their marks. These teaspoons also each have a period engraved script monogram. They measure about 5 7/8 inches in length on average, and the pair weighs a total of about 28 grams. Condition overall is good, with modest surface and tip wear from normal use, and a couple of dimples to the bowls, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of pre-Civil War Illinois coin silver!