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Tenney, NYC, "Fiddle Thread" Crested Coin Silver Sugar Shovel

Tenney, NYC, "Fiddle Thread" Crested Coin Silver Sugar Shovel
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A solid name among New York City silversmiths of the second quarter of the 19th century, William I. Tenney produced quality hollow and flatware.

This example of his work is "French Thread," aka "Fiddle Thread," 6 1/4" long, not quite 1.0 T. oz., sugar shovel.

High walled and flat-bottomed, the shovel form used by numerous manufacturers, was an alternative to a bowl, and appeared in pieces as small as a master salt spoon up to berry size.

This has an engraved "eagle head" crest in lieu of a monogram or inscription.

Marked with a somewhat rubbed "I. Tenney" "251 B.Way," it is in excellent condition. It is free of polishing wear and has a fine finish. The bowl is without bends, nicks, or burrs. The engraving remains well-defined.

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