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W. Mitchell Jr., Richmond VA, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon, As Found

W. Mitchell Jr., Richmond VA, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Tablespoon, As Found
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Prominent among early 19th century Richmond, Virginia, silversmiths, William Mitchell, Jr., began his working career about 1815, and ended it when he sold his established business in 1847 to his brother Samuel and John Tyler, who in turned formed the well-known firm of Tyler and Mitchell (Cutten, "Silversmiths of Virginia").

This 7 1/2" long, weighty at 2.1 T. oz., tablespoon is an early example of his work and is imprinted on the backside "W. Mitchell Jr." in a banner.

It is a "Reverse Tipt" pattern, with an arched handle, and softly rounded shoulders off the bowl, which is without a drop on the backside.

There is a large, feathered script "BM" monogram inscribed on the handle, set sideways.

To be sure, this shows more than substantial wear on the bowl, which through use, has been shortened and worn to a flat edge. In addition, there is a noticeable scuff on the back, and slight pitted area on the front, of the handle, and some scratches in the bowl.

Nonetheless this remains an artifact of import, given that it is an example of Southern silver made decades before the Civil War by a significant crafter, and is thus deserving of conservation even as is.

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