S.M. Hopper, Philadelphia, Coin Silver Berry Spoon with Shell Bowl
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This mid 19th century, coin silver spoon measures 8 11/16" long and weighs 1.4 T. oz.
It has a broad, "Tipt" end, high shoulders off the bowl, and a generously proportioned, 3" long by 1 7/8" at the widest, scallop shell bowl.
There is a fancy, feathered script "HMM" monogram on the front of the handle.
It is stamped with the name of Philadelphia retailer "S.M. Hopper," and a three part "arrow, W, shield" pseudo hallmark. In his benchmark work "Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver," John McGrew identifies the maker as unknown Philadelphia, but possibly a second mark of James Watts. Another source has raised the possibility this mark is associated with one of Watts' partnerships.
It is in choice estate condition. Wear is nil. The engraving remains crisp and the bowl is flawless, free of dents, nicks, cracks, or repairs. The finish is bright and even.