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Interesting Late Salt Spoon by Joseph Lownes with Decorated Back

Interesting Late Salt Spoon by Joseph Lownes with Decorated Back
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$22.50

Offered is an interesting, fairly late American silver master salt spoon by noted Philadelphia silversmith Joseph Lownes (1758-1820). This piece has a period engraved script monogram and is a standard circa 1810-20 fiddle pattern piece. The interesting part about this salt spoon is that it exhibits the remains of die-struck decoration to the bowl - something not often seen with salt spoons. This may have been a bird or some other device - one would have to take a look at what remains visible (the border of pellets by the drop) to determine if this is indeed a worn birdback salt spoon. This piece also has a legible maker's mark. It measures about 3 5/8 inches in length and weighs around 8 grams. Condition is fair, with the bowl a tiny bit out of round, and some minor ripples to the handle (see pics) but no splits or repairs. All in all a lovely example of Philadelphia silver from late in Joseph Lownes' career!

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