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Early 19th Century Coin Silver Spoon by John Foster (NY, w. 1809-18)

Early 19th Century Coin Silver Spoon by John Foster (NY, w. 1809-18)
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$12.50

Offered is an early American coin silver teaspoon bearing the maker's mark of New York City silversmith John Foster, working circa 1809-18. This fin-less fiddle spoon probably dates to the earlier side of Foster's career, though his working life seems to have been somewhat short. The maker's mark on this spoon is clear and well-struck; it is sometimes attributed to the Virginia John Foster, but that attribution seems to have been definitively debunked by Catherine Hollan in her "Virginia Silversmiths". This piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 11 grams. Condition is fair, with some bumping and moderate wear and a very subtle ripple in the upper handle. There is no monogram and no obvious sign of erasure, but there could have been an erasure a long time ago. All in all a good example of this maker's mark!

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