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Decorated late 18th Century Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Bowne

Decorated late 18th Century Coin Silver Teaspoon by Samuel Bowne
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Offered is a lovely example of the work of New York City silversmith Samuel Bowne (1778-1817), working circa 1798 to his death in 1817. Mr. Bowne apparently was not all that successful as a silversmith, as he went bankrupt in 1802 and only recovered after several years. His work, however, is lovely and this piece is a good example. This teaspoon bears a very good strike of Bowne's maker's mark and is engraved with a period script monogram within an ovoid reserve. This piece measures about 5 7/16 inches in length and weighs about 12 grams. Condition is excellent but for one fault - there is a small scratched area where someone without knowledge of antiques performed a scratch test for silver content. Luckily, it is a small area and on the reverse of the piece (please see all pictures). All in all an excellent American silver spoon dating back more than two centuries!

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