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Very Rare Texas Coin Silver Master Butter Knife by Adolph Bahn & Co.

Very Rare Texas Coin Silver Master Butter Knife by Adolph Bahn & Co.
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Offered is a very rare example of early Texas coin silver - a master butter knife bearing the marks A.BAHN&Co. and COIN, for Adolph Bahn & Co., working in Galveston and then in Austin (see below for biographical information). This piece is engraved "Chaffee" in period script, and perhaps could be traced to the original family given the populations of Galveston and Austin at the time. The maker's mark is a little rubbed but still legible. This piece measures about 7 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 39 grams. It is in very good condition with only modest wear from normal use and no dents, dings, ripples, splits or repairs. All in all a fine early Southern coin silver master butter knife from Texas!

Bahn was born in Prussia, and he first appears in Texas 1850 census records as a silversmith in Galveston. By 1855, he is living and advertising in Austin. The 1870 Census lists Bahn as a dealer in watches and jewelry. After the Civil War, Bahn took on a partner, B. Schumann. Similarly, the City Directory for Austin 1872-1873 lists A. Bahn as a Jeweler operating on Congress avenue near the southwest corner of Bois d'Arc street, with A. G. Dewan and Paul Kleibe as watchmakers for Bahn. His son Gustav Adolph Bahn eventually took over the business, and Adolph Bahn retired and moved to California (Bahn, 1900 Census). Source References: Frank Brown, Annals of Travis County and of the City of Austin: From the Earliest Times to the Close of 1875. vol. 6 [n.p., c. 1900], 26.

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