2 English Sterling Silver Tablespoons, 1809-10, London
A pair of English Sterling Silver Tablespoons, 8 & 1/4 inches long, in the Old English pattern, London, 1809-10, marked for that year, 1 without a maker's mark and 1 with a rubbed maker's mark. Engraved "J" in Gothic on the front of the handle and "J" over "M" "E" in Roman on the reverse. Bowls are in good condition, one with more wear than the other. The color of the photos is poor, the color of the spoons is sterling silver. While these may have been used for soups and stews they may also have been used as serving spoons. Certainly they are large enough to be so used today. English silver was preferred in the South until the Tariff of 1842, which raised the tariff on imported silver significantly and gave a tremendous boost to U.S. silver manufacturers.