H.I. Sawyer Tipt End Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
This 6 1/4" long, .7 T. oz., coin silver sugar shovel has an interesting provenance for those interested in such things. It has double markings. One is for H.I. Sawyer of Hartford, Connecticut. The second is A.T. Gage with a single die bust pseudo hallmark. John McGrew in his work on the subject, associates this single die with Sawyer, and references it in conjunction with an A.J. Gage, possibly in New York City. Which of these two originated the piece and which retailed it, and what the relationship between them was is not documented. In any case, this dates c. 1845 and is a fine period example in excellent condition. There is a somewhat homespun feathered script "ECR" monogram on the handle.