J.E. Caldwell, Philadelphia, Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spoon
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Elegant on several counts, this 7" long, just over 1.0 T. oz., preserve or jelly spoon traces to Philadelphia. It is stamped "J.E. Caldwell & Co." for that City's carriage trade firm, but was likely made by one of several major local manufacturers.
Its features bespeak its origins, and quite impressively so. It has a twisted stem in the central portion of the handle, suggesting a date from the mid 1860s when this detail was popular.
The handle end is broad, with a slightly tipt backside, and has bright cut engraving set against an engine turned ground. This later detail also points to the 1860s. The engraving is exceptionally fine, with a shell form at the terminus and a shield reserve, which in this instance is engraved with a fancy, feathered, script "SEB" monogram.
The scallop-edged, pear shaped, bowl is chased and engraved in a foliate design that exhibits the kind of sophisticated work for which Philadelphia silversmiths of this period were known.
The backside is plain save for the retailer's mark.
The condition is mint estate. There is no evident wear whatsoever, with the engraving remaining clear and sharp, and an overall bright finish.