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Natchez, Mississippi Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Samuel Cockrell

Natchez, Mississippi Coin Silver Salt Spoon by Samuel Cockrell
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Offered is a pretty beat-up Southern coin silver salt spoon bearing the mark of Samuel Cockrell, working in Dumfries, VA before 1838, St. Francisville, LA circa 1838, and Natchez from 1838-93. This piece appears to be from the 1840s and so from Cockrell's early Natchez years, but could be a bit earlier. This salt spoon measures about 3 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 7 grams. If it ever had a monogram, that is long gone due to surface wear. However, the maker's mark or retailer's mark is clear and well struck, and there are also manufacturer's marks. There are gouges in the silver on both the back of the bowl and the handle (see all pics) from someone with very poor judgment doing multiple silver tests. The handle also has a slight wave. As such, condition is rather poor overall, though there seem to be no splits or repairs. All in all a good example of a Mississippi coin silver mark, if nothing else!

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