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Lovely Decorated Fluted Harrisburg Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, C. A. Boas

Lovely Decorated Fluted Harrisburg Coin Silver Sauce Ladle, C. A. Boas
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Offered is a gorgeous engine-turned and engraved American coin silver sauce ladle with fluted bowl, made by James Watts of Philadelphia and retailed by Charles A. Boas of Harrisburg (b. 1835 - d. 1885), whose biography follows a description of the piece. This serving piece has great style and is in excellent condition, with no dents, splits or repairs. It bears a period engraved script monogram of "KJB" and is nicely made. Please take a look at all of the pictures, by clicking on the first picture. This piece measures about 6 1/8 inches in length and weighs about 28 grams. All in all a very fine example of Harrisburg coin silver from the Civil War period!

According to the "History of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Volume 3", by Luther Reily Kelker: Charles Augustus Boas, son of jeweler Jacob Dick Boas and Elizabeth (Seiler) Boas, was born October 15, 1835 in Allentown, PA. He came to Harrisburg with his parents in 1849, and upon completion of his primary schooling, was sent by his father to learn the watchmaker's trade at Philadelphia under the tutelage of a "Mr. Heinamann". He returned to Harrisburg in 1855 and established his business at No. 5 South Market Square, until 1857, whereupon he moved to No. 7 North Market Square, remaining there until his death shortly after Christmas in 1885. His last words were reportedly "I have wronged no one, and I am ready to die." His son Charles Ross Boas continued the business, and it was further continued by several more generations of sons. According to "Chilton's Jewelers' Circular/Keystone 1970 Jewelers' Directory Issue", Charles A. Boas benefited in 1857 from his father, Jacob D. Boas terminating a partnership the father had with J. F. Newhard as Boas & Newhard, by buying out Mr. Newhard. From 1857 through 1860, Jacob D. Boas and Charles A. Boas worked together, with the son having a lead role in the business. In 1860, Jacob D. Boas was elected Sheriff of Dauphin County. He later served as Mayor of Harrisburg, from 1873-75. He died in 1887, two years after his son.

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