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J.E. Merriman, NYC & Memphis, Coin Silver Place Spoon

J.E. Merriman, NYC & Memphis, Coin Silver Place Spoon
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Operating for a short time in New York City, 1837-40, James Edward Merriman, spent the majority of his working years, 1841-65, in Memphis, Tennessee.

The specific mark on this 7 1/4" long, 1.1 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt," coin silver, place spoon, "J.E. Merriman/123 Pearl St.," traces to his New York period. It is accompanied by a "leopard head, bust, star, leopard head" pseudo hallmark that John McGrew in his volume on manufacturers' marks attributes to an unknown New York City source.

There is a feathered script "AJS" monogram set sideways on the handle front, and a line drop on the bowl heel back.

In exceptionally fine condition, this shows scant signs of use and has a bright, even, finish. The bowl is flawless, retaining a well-defined tip, and without any dents, nicks, or burrs.

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