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Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by Samuel A. Mansfield

Good Philadelphia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon by Samuel A. Mansfield
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$32.50

Offered is a very good American coin silver dessert spoon bearing the maker's mark or retailer's mark of Samuel A. Mansfield (born 1826 in Delaware, died 1907 in Philadelphia), who probably apprenticed under Thomas Megear of Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, and who was living with Megear in 1850. This spoon may date to around that period as the STANDARD mark used on this spoon is from a die owned by Megear. Mansfield later moved in with his brother and was working as a watchmaker, silversmith, etc. until at least 1870 if not later in Philadelphia. This piece has a good clear set of marks and a period engraved monogram; it measures about 7 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 30 grams. Condition is very good overall with some minor dings to the bowl and modest surface wear, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of a fairly rare mark in Philadelphia coin silver!

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