Lovely Bright Cut and Engraved Teaspoon Ca. 1795 by John McMullin
Offered is a superbly decorated early American coin silver teaspoon circa 1795 by noted Philadelphia silversmith John McMullin. This piece has a period script monogram and one of McMullin's earlier maker's marks. This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 10 grams. It is in very good condition, with little if any surface wear, no dents aside from some very minor, almost invisible shallow dimples in the bowl, and no splits or repairs. All in all an excellent piece of high Philadelphia style!
Celebrated silversmith John McMullin (1765 - 1843), was working in Philadelphia from about 1795 through his death, mostly alone but in partnership between around 1811-1815. McMullin's biographical information can be found in the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Catherine Hollan, and on various websites. A portrait of McMullin, circa 1834, hangs in the Philadelphia museum of art, and can be viewed at: http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/50998.html