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Rare West Virginia / Ohio Coin Silver Spoon c1812-20 - William McNeely

Rare West Virginia / Ohio Coin Silver Spoon c1812-20 - William McNeely
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Offered is a very good and rare early American coin silver teaspoon by William McNeely (1791-1842), who worked in Morgantown, Virginia (later West Virginia) circa 1812-18, and then relocated to Ohio, working in Paris, Stark County circa 1818 and then St. Clairsville, Belmont County circa 1819 to at least 1829. By style, this piece could have been made in either state, but is more likely to be on the early side and therefore perhaps made in Morgantown. The unusually shaped neck is similar to those found on spoons from this period by Jacob Schaffer of Washington, PA (south of Pittsburgh). The wrigglework drop is a feature often seen in silver in this general region in the 18-teens. This piece has a clear, legible maker's mark (see pictures) and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 13 grams. Condition is good overall, with some minor waviness to the stem and modest wear to the bowl and a few tiny dimples, but with no splits or repairs. All in all a fine example of the work and maker's mark of this sought-after craftsman!

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