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Scarce Zanesville, Ohio Teaspoon by Alexander C. Ross, Ca. 1830

Scarce Zanesville, Ohio Teaspoon by Alexander C. Ross, Ca. 1830
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Offered is a very good American coin silver teaspoon by noted Zanesville silversmith and polymath Alexander Coffman/Coffin Ross (1812-83), whose biographical information appears below. This teaspoon has a clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram. It measures about 5 9/16 inches in length and weighs about 16 grams. Condition is good overall, with modest wear from normal use, no major dents, and no splits or repairs. All in all an excellent example of early Zanesville coin silver!

Alexander C. Ross (middle name either Coffman or Coffin - most likely Coffman as that was his mother's maiden name) was born in 1812 in Zanesville, OH apprenticed under Charles Hill from 1829 to about 1831, and then apprenticed further in New York for a period of time, before returning to Zanesville to work under his own name. He had an active mind and upon reading about Daguerreotypes, proceeded to produce the first known such picture in Ohio using a homemade camera. He is also the credited author of the political song "Tippecanoe, and Tyler Too." https://archive.org/details/alexandercoffman00galb/page/18/mode/2up

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