Rare Washington, DC Coin Silver Spoon Ca. 1820-30 by William Wood
Offered is a very good early American coin silver teaspoon by little-known Washington, DC silversmith and watchmaker William Wood. According to his obituary, available at the Congressional Cemetery site, Mr. Wood was born in Kent county Delaware and has lived in this Washington, DC for upwards of 40 years. He died on October 17, 1842, aged 58 or 59. It appears Mr. Wood would have apprenticed in Delaware if he moved to Washington, DC at the age of around 18 or 19. Mr. Wood is buried in the Congressional Cemetery. This teaspoon measures about 5 5/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. There is no monogram and no sign of erasure. Condition is very good, with a very minor bump to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. The maker's mark is worn but not rubbed, and is quite legible. This is a very rare mark! All in all a fine example of Southern coin silver from Washington, DC!