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Superb 9 1/4" Coin Silver Tablespoon by Richard Koch of York, PA

Superb 9 1/4" Coin Silver Tablespoon by Richard Koch of York, PA
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Offered is a lovely and amazingly well-preserved early American coin silver tablespoon by York, Pennsylvania clockmaker and silversmith Richard Koch, working there between 1805 and his death in 1836, and succeeded by his nephew, Frederick B. Cook. Mr. Koch is known for his bird-back spoons and fine craft, but his silver is quite uncommon and he advertised mostly in German-language publications - hence he is not better documented. This tablespoon is an outstanding example of his craft. It is engraved with a period script monogram that is so unworn it actually still has a bit of sharpness to the cuts - it appears to be "JCF". The maker's mark is likewise well-executed and completely unworn, and there is virtually no wear whatsoever to the tip or the high points or edges of the piece. There is minor surface wear and scuffing from storage and modest use, but I've never seen a better-preserved American coin silver spoon of this age, probably dating to the 1820-36 timeframe. This piece measures about 9 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 60 grams. Please take a look at all the pictures for closeups. Also, see my other listings for a pair of matching tablespoons from this set. The spoon in this listing is being offered separately at a lower price as there is a tiny notch on the underside of the handle where some heathen elected to do a silver test - it is not visible from the front and is only a millimeter or so across, but nonetheless it is shown in a picture. Otherwise condition is excellent, with no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely example of silver by this important York silversmith!

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