L.O. Dunning Penn Yan, NY, Coin Silver Teaspoon
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The maker of this 6" long, weighty feeling, .7 T. oz., "Tipt" coin silver teaspoon was Levi Oliver Dunning according to the back stamp.
References locate him in the curiously named town of Penn Yan, New York, working individually 1841-50. The name of the town also appears alongside Dunning's name.
This is inscribed "H.M. Dorman," who may be related to Dr. John Dorman, which an online source from the Cornell University Library states, "came to Penn Yan in 1795 and his was the second frame house erected." This cross references with the inscription on a Joseph Seymour (Syracuse) tablespoon also listed, see item 2156f.
It is in very fine condition. The finish has a brilliant, hand polished only, patina. The bowl is perfectly shaped and free of tip wear, burrs, or dents. The handle is very slightly rippled and the inscription shows light softening of detail from polishing.