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Group of Three Different Coin Silver Spoons by James Black c.1805-19

Group of Three Different Coin Silver Spoons by James Black c.1805-19
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$67.50

Offered is a very good group of early American coin silver teaspoons, all three by James Black (working circa 1796-1819), but with different workmen's marks, and with two different maker's marks for Black. The marks on these spoons were used in the book "Philadelphia Silversmiths" by Hollan - the definitive reference on the subject. These spoons range in date from about 1805 for the transitional fiddle spoon without shoulders, to about 1815-19 for the fiddle spoon with pointed shoulders, which has Black's second, later maker's or retailer's mark. The middle spoon, with squared shoulders and also bearing the mark of Thomas Harper, working 1813-17, is in the style of about 1805-10. The earliest spoon also has a journeyman's mark of "W" at the end of the handle. It took many years to locate three pieces by James Black, in three different styles.

The spoon without shoulders, initialed in period script "ER", measures about 6 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. The second, middle spoon, initialed "EHB", measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 15 grams. The third, latest spoon, initialed "JE", measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. All three spoons are in good condition, with minor dimples or minor surface wear, but with no major dents and no splits or repairs. Please check out the photographs. I would prefer to keep this group together but would consider selling the spoons individually if preferred. All in all an interesting group of early Philadelphia coin silver spoons!

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