3 Period Baltimore and Philadelphia Coin Teaspoons
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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.