Two Benedict, New York, "Prince Albert" Coin Silver Spoons
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These two, coin silver, spoons are matching in all ways save for their sizes. One is an 8 9/16" long, 2.1 T. oz. tablespoon, and the other a 7", 1.0 T. oz. place or dessert spoon.
They are marked "Benedict," for Samuel Ward Benedict, a well-known New York City jeweler and watchmaker, working 1818-60.
In his work on marks, John McGrew attributes the "bust, lion, C" pseudo hallmark that also appears on them to the "Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper Complex."
They are a "Prince Albert" pattern that was a popular American design that had English antecedents. Finely made and in excellent condition, they have well-shaped bowls with pointed tips and bright finishes overall. The only sign of use is light softening of detail from polishing.
They have inscriptions that convey a rich sense of their histories. The front of each piece is engraved in precise script, "Grandma," while the backsides read "Elizabeth J. Crocker" in the same lettering style. This sort of detail embodies these pieces with a dimension that lifts them from the realm of item to that of artifact.