A&W Wood "Lily" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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Abraham and William Wood "operated a solid silverware manufacturing business in New York City between 1849 and 1871" according to Dorothy Rainwater in her "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers." Coles and Reynolds was a successor firm and that operation was eventually bought out by George Shiebler, so the business lineage was lengthy and significant.
This 6 1/8" long, approximately .8 T. oz., oversize tea or possibly youth spoon is an example of the firm's rarely found "Lily" pattern. It is double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle. It is also quite an elaborate and individualistic design for its mid 19th century period. This example is engraved "Griswold" in a feathered script on the front and was retailed by "W.H. Hickcox," also of New York City, and whose name appears on the reverse.
It is in very good condition. The pattern detail remains well-defined with only slight softening from polishing. The pointed end bowl is free of tip wear. The interior has a slight bit of shallow pebbling and there is one fleck on the shoulder. The finish is pleasing.