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Lovely 18th Century Virginia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon, James Gaskins

Lovely 18th Century Virginia Coin Silver Dessert Spoon, James Gaskins
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Offered is a gorgeous American coin silver dessert spoon by noted Virginia silversmith James Gaskins, working in Norfolk circa 1770-76, Portsmouth between about 1780-1804, and Norfolk again between 1804 and 1806. This spoon would very likely have been made in Portsmouth, and probably dates to about 1785-90, but could be a few years earlier or later. See my other listings for another dessert spoon from this set. This piece is expertly engraved with a period script monogram that appears to be "WNW" - the engraving fills the available space in a lovely manner. Take a look at all the pictures for a closeup. The maker's mark is slightly rubbed but very legible. This piece measures exactly 7 inches in length and weighs about 36 grams. Condition is very good overall, with minor surface wear and scuffs from normal use, but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all an outstanding example of 18th Century Southern coin silver from a major silversmith working in the Tidewater region of Virginia!

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