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Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Harvey Lewis - Unrecorded Mark!

Fine Philadelphia Coin Silver Spoon by Harvey Lewis - Unrecorded Mark!
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Offered is a lovely example of the work of important Philadelphia silversmith Harvey Lewis, who is one of the pantheon of major silversmiths in American history. This teaspoon, dating by style to about 1810-15 give or take half a decade, is distinguished by its rare mark, which was mentioned but not photographed for Catherine Hollan's "Philadelphia Silversmiths". In the several decades I've been involved with antique silver, this is the only example of this mark that I've come across, despite seeing hundreds of other pieces by Harvey Lewis bearing his many other marks. The die for this maker's mark presumably broke or was lost or discarded shortly after its induction. This piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 19 grams. It has an excellent period engraved script monogram of "MCD" to the front of the handle and a later engraved date of 1748 to the reverse (perhaps a later descendant added the birth-date of the original owner to the spoon, for whatever reason). Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dings, dents, splits or repairs. All in all a really fine early American coin silver spoon by a major silversmith, bearing what is likely his rarest mark!

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