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Pair of R. & W. Wilson Tablespoons with Very Rare "5 FRANCS" Mark

Pair of R. & W. Wilson Tablespoons with Very Rare "5 FRANCS" Mark
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Offered is a very fine and scarce pair of early American coin silver tablespoons marked with a standard mark of "5 FRANCS", by the noted Philadelphia firm of Robert and William Wilson, working circa 1825-50. Surprisingly little is known about this firm, despite its prominence and the great numbers of spoons and other pieces that survive bearing one of the firm's marks. Despite the prevalence of silver by the Wilson's, almost nothing survives of their silver items marked with various standard marks, like these tablespoons. The "5 Francs" standard refers to the fineness of the coin of that denomination at the time, and works out to a guarantee of 900/1000 fineness. These tablespoons as such were a little pricier, and were also heavier and better made than the typical wares offered at the time. Each spoon measures about 8 7/8 inches in length and the total weight is about 138 grams - they are substantial pieces. Each tablespoon is engraved for the original owner in period script - "J. C. Makee". Condition on these pieces is excellent, with a good surface and no significant dings, and no splits or repairs. The maker's mark and standard mark on each spoon is clear and well-struck. Please take a look at all the pictures. All in all a fine example of American coin silver work in early 19th Century Philadelphia!

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