Benjamin & Samuel Demilt, NYC, "Kings" Coin Silver Place Spoon
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This 7" long, weighty, 1.3 T. oz., place or dessert spoon is stamped "B&S.D" for Benjamin and Samuel Demilt of New York City, with partnership dates 1820-35. It also carries a "lion, bust, G" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on marks identifies as unknown an New York maker.
It is a sophisticated piece, and all the more so for its early date. It is a "Kings" pattern, with a pronounced shell end with leafy borders. The backside heel of the bowl also has a shell imprint. The reverse of the bowl also shows planishing marks. This is an unusual detail and also bespeaks the hand crafting that went into this piece.
It is in very good condition, but shows some polishing wear, especially on the name "Julia" engraved sideways on the handle. The bowl remains well-shaped and is free of tip wear. The interior is some uneven and shows some scratches. The finish is bright, with an even patina.