Underhill & Vernon, NYC 1787-88, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Important New York City silversmiths in their own rights, Thomas Underhill and John Vernon operated as a short-lived partnership in a common shop in New York City in the very earliest days of the American Republic, 1787-88.
This 8 5/8" long, nearly 1.9 T. oz., coin silver tablespoon is marked with the "T.U" and "I.V" indicative of that partnership.
It has a rounded, "Reverse Tipt," down-turned, end and a pronounced drop on the bowl. The shank is narrow, thick, and smoothly joined with the bowl.
There is a crisp, block "I*E" monogram on the front. The "*" is actually a feather or fleur-de-lis like form.
It is in very good to excellent condition, providing for age. Apart from light surface scratches and one faint burr at the tip, the handle shows no wear. The bowl remains well-shaped with the slightest bit of tip wear. There are some pinprick nicks and one deeper scratch in the interior but on balance, it is remarkably flawless. The patina is warm and bright.