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Very Rare Decorated Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Thomas Burger Ca.1805-06

Very Rare Decorated Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Thomas Burger Ca.1805-06
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$60.00

Offered is a very rare example of late 18th Century New York style decoration on a relatively tiny early American coin silver salt spoon, bearing the maker's mark of silversmith Thomas Burger. Mr. Burger and his father John Burger (working circa 1775-1807) were briefly in partnership circa 1805 and then Thomas Burger advertised alone circa 1806. After that he seems to disappear from directories, and I haven't found much information on him, despite his fame and that of his father. Presumably Thomas Burger was working in his father's shop and alone by the 1790s, but records seem scarce. This piece is also engraved with a set of period block initials of CPVN, denoting most likely an old New York Dutch family. It measures about 3 3/16 inches in length and weighs 6 grams. Condition is very good overall, with no major dents and no splits or repairs. The maker's mark is legible, and the decoration shows little sign of wear. It is remarkable how few of these decorated salt spoons have survived the last two centuries and more. All in all a fine example of the form!

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