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David Hedges, East Hampton NY, "Reverse Tipt" 2 Coin Silver Teaspoons

David Hedges, East Hampton NY, "Reverse Tipt" 2 Coin Silver Teaspoons
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$42.00 Price for the pair.

Each of these two, matching, coin silver teaspoons measures 5 3/4" long, while the pair weigh just over 1.0 T. oz. combined.

Having "Reverse Tipt" ends on down turned handles, thumb drops on the backsides of the bowls, and inscribed "CJP" set sideways on the handle fronts, they are stamped "Hedges" for David Hedges, 1779-1856, of East Hampton, New York.

Their style places them in the early 1800s.

The Hedges family is deeply ingrained in the history of eastern Long Island, when it was largely an agricultural and seafaring area, and David holds a prominent place in the family and town story.

Both a Deacon and a Colonel, a history of East Hampton held in the Cornell University Library (available online), citing [William] Pelletreau (which invokes another significant name in Long Island silversmithing), states this about him, "a man of unusual intelligence, good judgment and strong common sense. He served the public as a silversmith all his life. His house and shop next south of Clinton Academy were the resort of those seeking counsel or social enjoyment. He had many and strong friends. He represented Suffolk County in the Assembly in the years 1825, 1829, 1833. He held many town offices besides that of Supervisor. Few men have enjoyed more fully the respect and confidence of their fellow men and deservedly so."

His character would seem to show in these spoons, which are carefully crafted, with relatively narrow, tapered bowls and fine finishes. An online family genealogy notes that local families treasure his spoons and that forms for making them are in the Clinton Academy Museum.

These show essentially no wear, and are without dents, bends, or dimples in the bowls.

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