Rare Mark, P.L. Taylor & Jones, "Tipt End" Coin Silver Tablespoon
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Multiple sources list silversmith and merchant Pardon L. Taylor, as born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1824, and working in Brooklyn, New York, where he died in 1860.
No reference, however, documents the "P.L. Taylor & Jones" mark on this large, 8 7/8" long, significant weight, 1.6 T. oz., "Tipt End" table or serving spoon, suggesting it was, like the man himself, a short-lived enterprise, and thus rare.
The piece is a superb example of what it is. Carefully honed and crafted, it manifests perfect proportion and balance, and shows no wear. The pointed tip bowl is absolutely flawless, and like the piece overall, has a bright, mirror-like, finish.
The handle is engraved in an elegant, precisely rendered, script, "S.A. DeGrauw," a name which implies an association with the earliest Dutch settlers of New York City.