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Coin Silver Teaspoon with Mark of James K. Rauch of Bethlehem, PA

Coin Silver Teaspoon with Mark of James K. Rauch of Bethlehem, PA
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Offered is an American coin silver teaspoon bearing the retailer's mark of Bethlehem jeweler and watchmaker James K. Rauch, who was in business for about 65 years. His biographical information appears below. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram of "MSB" to the front. It also has an interesting close-to-period script monogram of "H de S" to the reverse. This piece also bears a manufacturer's mark for James Watts of Philadelphia. The spoon probably dates to the 1860s. This spoon measures about 5 3/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is fairly poor with some dents and ripples, but no splits or repairs. All in all a nice example of this jeweler's mark!

According to his September 6, 1928 obituary in the "Morning Call" newspaper (Allentown), James Kern Rauch was born July 30, 1842. He apprenticed to important Bethlehem silversmith and clockmaker Jedediah Weiss, and then served in the Union Army in the latter part of the Civil War. After the war, Rauch went to work in a large jewelry firm in Philadelphia (not named) and then returned to Bethlehem to buy out the stock of Jedediah Weiss, who retired and then passed away around 1873. Mr. Rauch was successful in business, and continued as a retail establishment and then as a watch repairer working from home for almost 65 years. At one point he was briefly located in Allentown. Mr. Rauch went to the Moravian schools and was a part of that community.

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