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TB & Co. "Kings," Newark, NJ, Heavy Coin Table Serving Spoon

TB & Co. "Kings," Newark, NJ, Heavy Coin Table Serving Spoon
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$85.00

Impressively heavy, indeed massive, this 8 5/8" long table or serving spoon weighs just over 3.1 T. oz.

It is a double die struck, meaning the pattern appears on both sides of the handle, coin silver, "Kings" design, with the name "M. Higbie" inscribed on the front in cursive lettering, and a shell design on the backside heel of the bowl.

Stamped "T.B & Co." and with a three part, "bust-lion-D" hallmark, it appears to trace to Taylor & Baldwin of Newark, New Jersey, with a late 1830s date although this specific set of marks does not seem to be documented.

That aside, in his work Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver, McGrew ascribes a similar "lion-D-bust" mark to an unknown Newark maker, while Joseph Atkinson in The History of Newark New Jersey states "In 1837 the manufacturing jewelers of Newark were Taylor, Baldwin & Co.," with that partnership dissolved by 1840.

One source locates Taylor, Baldwin & Co. in New York, but likely this is erroneous or the firm maintained a second outlet there.

This is in exceptionally fine condition, showing no polishing wear and having a rich finish. The bowl is free of dents, bends, or burrs. There is one shallow scuff on the lower end of the handle reverse, no doubt the result of someone checking the silver content of this.

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