Albert Coles "Warrior" c. 1860 Coin Silver Berry Spoon
This 8 5/8" long, 2.7 T. oz., coin silver berry or serving spoon was produced by New York's Albert Coles, whose three part hallmark appears on the backside of the handle. Dating from c. 1860, it reflects the strong period interest in Classicism. The end of the handle portrays a highly articulated, multidimensional warrior bust set atop a pediment base. This has a flat backside, and although hollow, of substantial thickness. The central part of the shank is tubular and faceted. There are two venting holes on backside to provide an escape for expanding air produced when this was heated during its making. The bowl is a modified shell form, and it retains a substantial portion of its original gold wash. There is no monogram or removal. The condition is flawless.