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Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt

Rare and Fine Hagerstown, MD Coin Silver Soup Ladle, Thomas A. Boullt
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Offered is a good and scarce American coin silver soup ladle from Hagerstown, Maryland. Some consider coin silver items from these towns to be Southern coin silver due to the sympathies of many of the inhabitants.

This piece is marked with the maker's mark of Thomas Alexander Boullt (1818-1876), a well-known Hagerstown silversmith, jeweler, watchmaker and clockmaker. In the latter part of his long (1846-70s) career, Boullt was advertising as an jeweler and optician, at No. 16 West Washington Street in Hagerstown. Boullt also had other activities, such as being the Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery. Boullt was instrumental in tabulating the identities and locations of Confederate dead at major battlefields.

This piece measures about 12 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 186 grams. This heavy soup ladle is engraved with a period monogram of 'EBS' and is in very good condition, with some modest surface wear and a few areas of scratching near the maker's mark, but no notable dings or dents, and no splits or repairs. This piece probably dates to the 1840s or 1850s. All in all a fine and important piece of early Hagerstown coin silver!

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