Very Heavy Baldwin Gardiner "French Thread" Coin Tablespoon
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This piece is marked "B.G" for Baldwin Gardiner, who was a retailer with working dates c. 1814-25 in Philadelphia, then was listed in New York City directories 1827-47, according to Catherine Hollan in "Philadelphia Silversmiths."
It is a lengthy 8 3/4" table or serving spoon, and is immensely heavy at nearly 3.2 T. oz.
Baldwin's "B.G" is frequently accompanied by a pseudo hallmark, which is the case with this, which is stamped with a "bust, lion, D," which McGrew in his work on manufacturing marks identifies as an unknown New York City producer.
It is a "French Thread" pattern, with a slightly upturned handle end.
It is in exceptionally fine condition. The weight provides for a very thick piece, which lends it durability, and indeed, this is free of dents, nicks, or bends. The bowl remains perfectly shaped and the finish shows a hand polished only brilliance. There is a subtle flat area on the backside of the handle where it rests. This could be original, the result of slight wear, or possibly a monogram removal. In any case, it is inconsequential and mentioned only in the interest of thoroughness.