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Lovely Connecticut Coin Silver Tablespoon by Jacob Jennings, c.1780s

Lovely Connecticut Coin Silver Tablespoon by Jacob Jennings,  c.1780s
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Offered is a very good 18th Century American coin silver tablespoon by Norwalk, CT silversmith and Revolutionary War veteran Jacob Jennings (b. 1739 - d. 1817), working in Norwalk circa 1763-1810. By style, this piece should date to the 1780s, though it could date to the 1790s as well. This large and impressive tablespoon measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 60 grams. It is superbly engraved with a period feathered script monogram of "GMA" - please see all the pictures. Condition is fair to good overall, with moderate tip wear and some dings and dimples to the bottom of the bowl, but no splits or repairs. I have highlighted one tiny mark on the edge of the bowl that gives the impression of a split, but is actually just a tiny nick, perhaps from a knife while eating. There is no sign of a fissure. The maker's mark on this piece is struck twice and is very clear. Winterthur has a slightly later (1790-1800) teaspoon with this same mark. This is one of several marks Jacob Jennings appears to have used over his decades-long career. All in all a fine piece and an uncommon mark!

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