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Littleton Holland, Baltimore," 1817 Assay Mark Silver Teaspoon

Littleton Holland, Baltimore," 1817 Assay Mark Silver Teaspoon
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The Baltimore Museum of Art volume Maryland Silver offers considerable reference material about Littleton Holland, 1770-1847, a silversmith and citizen of note in Baltimore and the maker of this 5 1/8" long, just over .3 T. oz. (10 grams), teaspoon.

This is an early piece, stamped "Holland" and with a peculiar-to-Baltimore, three part assay mark for 1817, although the above work notes, "It has not been possible to make a firm differentation between the 1817 and 1823 Assay Office marks," both of which used the letter E.

The standard for this is .917, midway between sterling and coin silver.

The style of the piece is characteristic of its period. The handle is fiddle-shaped with a plain, rounded end, and exposed drop on the heel.

Never monogrammed, it remains in very good condition, free of bends, breaks, cracks, or repairs, and with a warm patina. The bowl is well-formed and without tip wear, but does show some pinprick dimpling in the base.

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