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Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Caleb Davis of Woodstock, VA

Southern Coin Silver Teaspoon by Caleb Davis of Woodstock, VA
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Offered is an interesting early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the mark C*D in an oval punch, struck twice. This mark was originally attributed in the book "Silver in Maryland" to Cantwell Douglass (1774-1807), but has now been re-assigned by Cathy Hollan in "Virginia Silversmiths" to Caleb Davis (1769-1834), apprenticed to clockmaker Elijah Evans in Frederick County MD in 1784, married to Mary Upp in Maryland in 1792, working in Woodstock, Virginia circa 1796-1816 (partnered as Fry & Davis ca. 1796-1800), and in Clarksburg (W)VA ca. 1816-1834. It seems this is a pretty solid attribution as spoons with this mark and local provenance are known in the Woodstock area, including finless fiddle spoons like this one, and spoons bearing the same mark struck twice. By style this spoon should date to Davis' Woodstock period. Silver by Davis seems to be very rare, and I could find no record of any for sale. A couple of clocks by Davis, alone or in partnership, have sold in recent years, for sums between $37,000 and $91,000. He appears to be a well-respected and sought-after craftsman!

This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. It has a clear maker's mark and a well-executed period script monogram. Condition is excellent overall with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all an interesting piece of Southern coin silver from a rare and desirable maker!

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