3 Period Baltimore and Philadelphia Coin Teaspoons
click for more pictures for item 1794dd
This lot consists of three, coin silver teaspoons dating from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries. Two are are by Philadelphia's Joseph Lownes, 1758-1820.
One of the Lownes is 5 3/8" long, just under .5 T. oz., has a slight tip end on the reverse, an exposed drop, and a feathered script "EM" monogram. The condition is good. There is polishing wear and there are light surface scratches, but it retains a well-shaped bowl.
The second Lownes has a rounded handle, exposed drop, is 5 5/8" long, weighs just over .3 T. oz., and has a feathered script "JB" monogram. It is in fair condition. There are flecks (like chew marks) on the handle, and some pebbling in the bowl, which remains otherwise well-shaped.
George Franciscus, the maker of the third spoon, 5 13/16" long, .5 T. oz., feathered script "SE" monogrammed spoon, has an interesting biography. He is listed working in Baltimore 1800-1818, then in Philadelphia 1819-40. The style of this places it either late in his Baltimore or early in his Philadelphia years. It is in very good to excellent condition. There is a bit of wear on the exposed drop, and a pinprick dimple in the pointed tip bowl which is otherwise perfectly shaped. The monogram is free of polishing wear as is the piece overall.