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Rare Early Virginia Coffin-End Teaspoon by Thomas McCowat of Leesburg

Rare Early Virginia Coffin-End Teaspoon by Thomas McCowat of Leesburg
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Offered is a very rare early Southern coin silver teaspoon by noted silversmith Thomas McCowat, who worked in Leesburg, Virginia between about 1804-21, in Frankfort, Kentucky around 1823, and in Nashville and Jackson, Tennessee thereafter. By style, this piece should certainly date to early in McCowat's Leesburg years, probably prior to 1810. McCowat's work is quite uncommon, and this piece is a good example of his work, both for the legible maker's mark as well as for the coffin-end style of the piece. This teaspoon is initialed "C" in period script. It measures about 6 1/4 inches in length and weighs about 15 grams. It isn't in perfect condition, with some planishing marks on the handle below the monogram (probably from straightening out a ripple in the handle) and a slight stress on the edge of the bowl near the handle, which has not made it into the bowl and which is therefore minor. The rarity of this piece outweighs those issues, however. All in all an excellent early Virginia coin silver spoon!

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