J. Moulton, Newburyport, MA, Very Clean Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Last of a storied family of Massachusetts silversmiths that included several Josephs and Williams, the Moulton history traces to the 17th century. Born in 1814 and living until 1903, the Joseph Moulton who made this nearly 9" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., tablespoon, brought the family name into a fourth century.
Sold to Towle and Jones in 1860, Moulton's business formed the bedrock of the firm that eventually became Towle Silversmiths.
That Joseph was a capable craftsman is unequivocally demonstrated in this spoon. The style, a fiddle handle, down-turned, rounded end pattern suggests a date tracing to early in Joseph's working years, which began in 1840.
It is an exceptionally clean piece that shows virtually no wear, and has a bright, even, finish.
There is a precisely engraved, feathered script, "ANC" monogram.
The bowl remains perfectly-shaped, with a pointed tip that is free of wear, and absent dents, nicks, or burrs. The shoulders off the bowl are rounded with beveled edges that continue along the narrow length of the handle.
It is stamped "J. Moulton" on the reverse.