Kirk & Son 11 oz. Silver Heavy Chased Dessert Spoon
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Baltimore assay standards were particular to that city and bore their own marks.
This 7 1/4" long, weighty at 1.6 T. oz., dessert or place spoon reflects that particularity. It is stamped "11 oz." which indicates a silver content between coin and sterling.
It is also marked "S.K & Son," for Samuel Kirk & Son. This combination of identifiers suggests a date circa 1830, with the standard mark passing out of use about then and this particular maker identification coming into use about then.
The handle is a pointed antique shape, save the tip is more of a nob or nubble than pointed and there are pronounced shoulders coming off the bowl instead of being smooth as is pointed antique. The surface is hand chased in a flower and leaf design with two small areas of grape clusters. This is all suggestive of the "Repousse" pattern that is so identified with Kirk.
There is a feathered script "GAW" on the front. The backside is plain save for the marks and a subtle exposed drop on the heel of the bowl.
The condition is excellent. Polishing wear is nil. There is no damage and the overall finish is pleasing. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear. There is one pinprick dimple in the base.