H.B. Stanwood, Boston, Mid 19th Century Coin Silver Serving Spoon
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A jeweler and merchant who established himself in the 1840s, Henry B. Stanwood merged into a partnership in 1860 that eventually evolved to become Boston's premier retail house, Shreve, Crump & Low.
This 8 5/8" long, almost 1.8 T. oz., serving spoon is marked "H.B. Stanwood & Co." and "Coin," so predates the merger.
It is very much a period item in style and form, and well may have been made by Gorham & Company, which produced a similar design in the 1850s.
It has a large, elongated, scallop shell bowl. The handle has a twisted lower shank, and a flat, oval and notched, end. This area is engine turned and bright cut, and has a reserve that is monogrammed "R.H.B." in Old English lettering.
The backside is plain save for the marks.
It is in exceptionally fine condition. The engraving and engine turning remains crisp and well-defined, and the finish is bright. There are no bends, nicks, or burrs, either on the handle or in the bowl.