Marked only "coin," back in the day we would have hastened to read through many musty issues of "Silver Magazine" in order to find the maker of this fine ladle, but now, in our dotage, we will leave this task to you, dear reader.
Though it's a bit sad to think about what has happened to such a once-large set, at least spoons fifteen and sixteen are able to keep each other company for the foreseeable future...
One would be hard-pressed indeed to find a better set of dinner forks.
Leveridge was part of a prominent New York family, many of whom were attorneys. His grandfather John William Chase Leveridge (please see fourth photo) served in the war of 1812, and upon his death in 1886 was the oldest living lawyer in the city...
This spoon is not monogrammed and does not appear ever to have been, which is most unusual for early American silver.
Reasonably reliable Internet sources indicate that this firm was royal jeweler to Prince Friedrich of the Netherlands, and indeed the quality of this spoon is impressive.
Faithful readers of our little web page know we never tire of mentioning that Burt was a substantial and by all reports jovial fellow who weighed three hundred and eighty pounds.
Come ye citizens of Portsmouth and reclaim thy heritage!!
These are substantial and well made spoons, weighing in at 4.69 oz. Troy, the lot. The overall condition is excellent. Whether any of this lends them a premium over the silver value, or whether they'll be swallowed up by the smelter's gaping maw remains to be seen...
In an attempt to distinguish this ladle from its peers, we'll mention that the bowl has a slight boat shape when viewed head on, as you may see in photo number four.
French silver from this period is quite scarce. Price is for the total of eight pieces.
Readers of our little web page know that there's not much coin silver flatware here-- that is, pieces made between 1825 and 1868 in the good old U.S. of A. Why? Because most of it was thin, mass produced, and of inferior quality...
There is slight tip wear from right handed use, a few minor insults to the bowl (including a scratch, reverse), and significant wear to the monogram "B / E * E". On the whole, however, this spoon presents itself well. To quote Quimby in American Silver at Winterthur, "Stoutenburgh left a small body of high quality work"...
We could only wish that it had a fine old family name but alas there is no engraving and happily no removal.
Though his working dates are commonly given as 1757-1788, Hitchcock was born in 1726 and would have typically completed his apprenticeship by 1744...
Prevear was a silversmith, watchmaker, and inventor. He was born in Northampton (1818) and apprenticed to Samuel Harrington of Amherst, who later became his partner. He married Olive Hanscome in Amherst (1843), and after her death married a second time (1856) to Elizabeth Pranker, an 1853 graduate of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, now Mt. Holyoke College...