pair of miniature Wood & Hughes coin silver spoons
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retailed by Mills, length 2 1/2 inches, weight .26 oz. Troy the pair, monogrammed "M.C.L." (script, obverse), excellent condition. With their chamfered shoulders, round end and rounded drop, these spoons are a faithful reproduction of the 1790 style. Note also the flat portion at leading edge of the bowl, always a sign of high quality. They are of course forged, not stamped. Probably intended as child's toys, this type of item is scarce in American silver and few examples survive, today.
Is the Mills mark that of Daniel Mills, NY circa 1840; Edward Mills of Boston circa 1850; or John Bryant Mills of Fayetteville, NC? Ever the optimist, I'd like to think the latter, but we'll have to leave this question to the experts...