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Levi Clark, Norwalk, CT, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon

Levi Clark, Norwalk, CT, "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Place Spoon
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This place, aka dessert or oval soup, spoon measures 7" long and weighs approximately 1.0 T. oz.

It is appealing in several respects.

First is its pleasing form, with a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt" handle, oval bowl with a pointed end, and clean drop on the bowl back.

The name "H E Benedict" is engraved in handsome, feathered script, lettering set sideways on the handle.

There are abundant maker's marks, which would feed a collector's interest. They include "Clark" "and company" in separate cartouches, "Norwalk," and three "stars," all of which reference Connecticut silversmith Levi Clark (1801-75) who apprenticed under his father-in-law John Starr Blackman, and worked with his brother. John McGrew's book on pseudo hallmarks associates this star with Clark.

Flynt & Fales in their work on New England silversmiths, 1625-1825, state that "a pair of spoons bearing his mark were exhibited at the Conn. Tercentenary Exhibition of Early Silver at Yale University."

Lastly, dating from early in Clark's working years, this remains in outstanding condition. Apart from one shallow dimple in the bowl base, there is no evidence of use, nor is there any visible wear. The engraving remains crisp, the bowl is well-shaped and retains a pointed tip, and the finish has a warm patina.

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