Southern Coin Silver Spoon - KY Silversmith Samuel Wherritt w/Eagle Mk
Offered is a very fine example of the work of Kentucky silversmith Samuel Wherritt, whose biographical information appears below. This teaspoon measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 18 grams. This piece has a period engraved script monogram and a well-struck, clear maker's mark for Wherritt, along with a lovely eagle hallmark he used on some of his pieces. Condition of this piece is only fair, with a fair amount of denting in the bowl and some ripples in the handle. Nonetheless, it is all in all a great example of this important silversmith's mark and work!
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.