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Set of Four 18th Century Rhode Island Silver Tablespoons by Cornell

Set of Four 18th Century Rhode Island Silver Tablespoons by Cornell
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Offered is a lovely set of four early American coin silver table spoons by Rhode Island silversmith Walter Cornell (b. 1729 - d. 1801), working either in Providence, according to some publications, or in Newport, according to others, between 1780 and 1801. It is unclear what he was doing prior to 1780, as it would be unusual to commence business as a silversmith and clockmaker at the age of 50. It is possible that at different periods he was working in Newport and Providence; however, late in life, he was described as a Newporter, and "of Newport". A watch paper with his Thames St., Newport, address is in the New York Historical collections, at:


The four large tablespoons offered here measure about 9 1/2 to 9 5/8 inches in length, and weigh a total of about 205 grams. Each is nicely engraved with a period feathered script monogram, and each has a good clear maker's mark, which is mark (c) in Belden. Condition ranges widely (see pictures), with one spoon in very good condition with modest tip wear and light bowl bumping, one spoon with a split to the bowl but otherwise decent, one spoon with a repair to the bowl, and the last spoon with a major repair to the bowl and a separate split to the side of the bowl. However, these are lovely and well-made pieces, and very much worthy of preservation and display. All in all a nice set!

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