Jacob Sargeant, Connecticut, Coffin End Coin Teaspoon
Born in 1763, the maker of this spoon, Jacob Sargeant, lived and worked in an arc that ranged from Mansfield in east central Connecticut, then to Springfield, Massachusetts, and lastly to Hartford where he died in 1843. "Coffin End" style dating c. 1800, this spoon dates to his working years in Hartford. It measures 5 1/4" long and weighs .4 T. oz. There is a fancy feather script "NG" (?) monogram on the front, while the backside is plain save for the mark "J. Sargeant." It is in very good condition. The bowl is well-shaped and free of tip wear. Very close examination suggests there may have been a crimp or crack on the edge that has been virtually imperceptibly repaired. The overall finish is pleasing and the engraved monogram remains crisp.