6 Early, Matched Gorham & Webster Reverse Tipt Coin Place Spoons
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Dating to some of the earliest years of the Gorham establishment, these six spoons are marked "Gorham & Webster," a partnership that dated 1831-37.
Each one measures 7 1/2" long, which is an unusual size by contemporary convention in that it is lengthier than a dessert spoon but not quite as long as a tablespoon. In its time, when large scale was favored, it was likely a standard place piece.
They have a substantial feel, although each one is marginally less than 1.0 T. oz., with the group weighing 5.7 T. oz.
The pattern is a "Reverse Tipt," with a downward curved handle, and slight bit of midrib on the backside.
Each one is engraved "Almy" in script on the handle. Since Almy is a name with a place in Providence history where these were made, and these came from a Rhode Island source, they presumably always had a history there.
They are in remarkably fine condition, which is a merit in its own right, and that combined with the fact that there is a full set of six, make these an exceptional find.
The bowls remain perfectly shaped and are free of tip wear, or dents or burrs. Polishing wear is nil, with the inscriptions remaining sharp and clear, as are the marks. The finishes have a fine patina.