D. Mendel, Louisville, Kentucky, Coin Silver "Tipt" Tablespoon
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A lengthy 8 3/4," and weighing just over 1.2 T. oz., this tablespoon has a broad, tipt end handle that is characteristic of lower Ohio River Valley and environs design. And indeed, it is stamped "D. Mendel" and "Louisville," confirming its origins.
With one exception, standard references offer no information about this mark, and that one identifies it with David Mendel, 1852-65.
A private source, citing Boultinghouse "Silversmiths of Kentucky," notes there are two possibilities, David as referenced and working on Market and then West Market Streets. There was also a Daniel working on Market as well, first with his father and then in the partnership of "J. Plaut and Mendel," with the two men apparently going their separate ways 1864-65.
This is in very good condition, and without a monogram or removal. There is no evident polishing wear and the finish has a warm patina. The bowl is well-shaped and free of tip wear, but there is some pebbling in the base.