Good Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Wherritt of Kentucky
Offered is a fine early American coin silver teaspoon by noted Richmond, Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biography appears below. This teaspoon is graced with a period engraved monogram and a clear, well-struck maker's mark. Condition is not very good due to the extremely dented bowl - perhaps the work of a child with the personality traits of King Kong. However, there appear to be no splits or repairs. This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. All in all a nice example of this silversmith's work and mark!
Samuel Wherritt was born in Scott County, Ky., May 17, 1790; he was a silversmith by trade, which he learned in Danville and Lexington, Ky. About 1820 he located in Richmond, My., where he worked at his trade until his death in 1877; he never held but one office, that of constable; he was strongly opposed to slavery, although he owned many as servants; was a devout and active member in the Presbyterian Church. He was a son of William Wherritt, who was born in St. Mary’s County, Md., and who had been twice married; by his first wife five children were reared; his second wife was a Miss King, to whom five sons and two daughters were born. William Wherritt migrated and located in Scott County, Ky., in 1796; in 1800 in Jessamine County, Ky., and purchased 1,500 acres of land where Camp Nelson is now situated. He purchased of speculation, the title proved to be worthless, and he lost the lands; remained in Jessamine until his death. His ancestors came from Wales to America, and settled in Maryland during Lord Baltimore’s time, and as far as known, all of the same name spring from this first Maryland family. Source: Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume V, Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 4th ed Garrard Co.