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Rare Mt. Holly/Burlington, New Jersey Coin Silver Spoon, Alfred Doron

Rare Mt. Holly/Burlington, New Jersey Coin Silver Spoon, Alfred Doron
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Offered is a rare example of the maker's mark or retailer's mark of Alfred C. Doron (b. 1833 - d. 1905), a little-known watchmaker and jeweler working in Burlington and/or Mt. Holly, New Jersey in the 1850s through the 1890s. He was likely a son of one John Doron, watchmaker, born in 1801 and working in Burlington County, New Jersey as well. Alfred Doron was born in Vincentown, one of the towns where John Doron had resided. According to his obituary, in the New Jersey Mirror, edition of August 30, 1905:

"The death of Alfred Doron occurred at his residence on Brainard street on Monday morning [presumably a reference to August 28, 1905]. Mr. Doron had been in ill health for a long time and very seldom appeared on the streets. Deceased was one of the best known jewelers in Burlington county prior to his retirement from active business in 1899, when the store on Main street was purchased by J. Harry Halt, who has continued it since that time. Mr. Doron established this business about 1860 and conducted it with unvarying success until his retirement."

This coin silver teaspoon probably dates from the first years of Doron's career; it has a rubbed but legible mark of A.DORON in roman caps, and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. Condition is rather poor, with a mangled bowl that has a split, and general wear. However, for the collector of American coin silver generally, or New Jersey silversmiths in particular, this may be the single surviving example of this man's mark and coin silver wares. All in all a rare survivor!

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