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E. Shaw, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Tablespoon

E. Shaw, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Tablespoon
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$ 40

Multiple sources identify a single Edward Shaw as a Philadelphia silversmith, but none of them offers a mark.

Brix lists his dates 1825-30, which would be consistent with the style of this 8 3/8" long, nearly 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon stamped "E. Shaw" in a hatched cartouche. This would seem to provide a conclusive attribution. Catherine Hollan's publication "Philadelphia Silversmiths" is the most recent entry about Philadelphia silver and she indicates the 1850 and 1860 censuses located Shaw living in the alms house as a pauper, so it appears that he fell upon hard times and that his career was foreshortened.

This has a broad, slightly down turned, plain end handle. The join with the bowl is also plain. There is a large, feathered script "B Bixby" inscription on the handle.

The condition is exceptionally fine. There is no evident wear and the finish has a soft patina. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear. There is a slight bit of pinprick nicking in the base and light surface scratching consistent with age.

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