Our only American assay office was located in the city of Baltimore, circa 1814-30...
This spoon is not monogrammed and does not appear ever to have been, which is most unusual for early American silver.
French silver from this period is quite scarce. Price is for the total of eight pieces.
McDannold first worked in Mt. Sterling, then in Covington. Though his work is not quite so scarce as that of some other makers, it is quite a happy event indeed to find a set of Kentucky spoons in such exemplary condition.
We could only wish that it had a fine old family name but alas there is no engraving and happily no removal.
Though we've managed to capture the color and motion inherent in this stone, our photo does not show the little iridescent gold flecks which also distinguish this piece of agate.
English examples are scarce, but American coin silver agate handle flatware has nearly vanished from the market...
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.
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.
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...