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Hyde & Nevins, New York (& New Orleans), c. 1817 Coin Silver Teaspoon

Hyde & Nevins, New York (& New Orleans), c. 1817 Coin Silver Teaspoon
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Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1788, James Nevins Hyde was a silversmith with a presence in both New York City and New Orleans.

This example of his work, a 5 7/8" long, .6 T. oz., "Reverse Tipt" teaspoon with an exposed drop, bears the mark "Hyde & Nevins," referencing his 1814-19 partnership with his cousin Rufus Nevins.

Sources indicate Hyde also began marketing in New Orleans in 1816 or 1817, with his brother-in-law, Charles Whiting Goodrich, moving there in 1818 to support this enterprise. The firm "Hyde & Goodrich" was formally established "sometime in 1829" as recounted in Crescent City Silver published by "The New Orleans Historic Collection," and became that City's premier fine goods establishment.

Engraved with a script "SAG" monogram set sideways on the handle, it is preserved in very fine condition. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of dents, bends, or tip wear, showing only two pinprick nicks in the interior. The overall finish is warm and even, having a soft patina. The monogram shows slight softening from polishing.

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