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Coin Silver Spoon by Joseph Lownes with Full Provenance to Orig. Owner

Coin Silver Spoon by Joseph Lownes with Full Provenance to Orig. Owner
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Offered is a lovely early 19th Century Philadelphia coin silver spoon by noted silversmith Joseph Lownes, circa 1808. This spoon bears period script initials SAR to the front, for Sarah Ann Robeson, who was married in Germantown, PA to Joseph Lea on May 13, 1808. The date of the marriage is engraved below the monogram. There is another set of initials and another date of 1882 to the reverse, denoting descent in the family.

Sarah Ann (Robeson) Lea was born May 18, 1789 and died April 14, 1854. As luck would have it, she had her daguerreotype done in 1850, and it survives to this day in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's collection. You can see her picture here:


The set of initials to the reverse of this spoon is RMD - these initials stand for Rebecca Malin Downing (born 1865 - died around 1945), a Swarthmore Class of 1884 graduate, and bride of John Griscom Bullock. Rebecca and John were married in 1888, and the date on the spoon below her initials is 1882 - she must have received it from her mother when she was about 16. The spoon then descended from Rebecca M. (Downing) Bullock to her grandson, Benjamin Homer LeBoutillier, Jr. (1919 - 2003). I have a handwritten note, written around the 1940s, providing most of this information. This will go with the spoon. The writing mentions two spoons, but I was only able to acquire one of them.

This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. It has a good legible maker's mark and nice engraving. Condition overall is good, with modest wear from normal use but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a lovely piece!

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