Church & Rogers, Hartford CT, Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Joseph Church occupied a prominent place in the social and economic structure of Hartford, Connecticut for the first three quarters of the 19th century. He began his own business as a silversmith in 1818 and entered into the first of several partnerships, this with William Rogers, in 1825. Later he became involved in land and insurance enterprises and was the father of a noted landscape painter, Frederick E. Church (as noted in the "Heritage Foundation Collection of Silver" by Flynt and Fales).
1825 is the approximate date for this large, 8 7/8" long, relatively heavy at nearly 1.7 T. oz., coin silver serving or tablespoon that is stamped "Church & Rogers."
It is a clean, quality example. It has a broad handle with the slightest suggestion of a tipt end on the reverse. There is a large, feathered script "HA" monogram. The drop is plain, while the wings off the bowl are lofty and rounded.
The condition is excellent. There is minimal polishing wear and the finish has a fine patina. The bowl is free of tip wear or dents, with the only signs of use being a few shallow pinpricks.