Our only American assay office was located in the city of Baltimore, circa 1814-30...
One would be hard-pressed indeed to find a better set of dinner forks.
One or two mouse clicks in a Google search window will find you any number of similar examples which are lighter, shorter, fatigued and quite a bit pricier...
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"...
There is a minor, shallow scratch extending downwards from nick on rim of bowl, and a flattened out spot on reverse cartouche where someone buffed out a scratch, long ago. Both are subtle and don't "jump out" at the eye-- overall this piece presents itself extremely well. It is grand in weight and scale.
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.
We could only wish that it had a fine old family name but alas there is no engraving and happily no removal.