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Akerly & Briggs NYC circa 1845 "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon

Akerly & Briggs NYC circa 1845 "Reverse Tipt" Coin Silver Teaspoon
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This slightly oversized at 6 1/8" long, just under .5 T. oz. (14 grams), coin silver teaspoon is a particular fine example, exceptionally well-designed and crafted, in pristine condition, and with a brilliant finish.

Note: there is one scratched area on the handle backside, evidence of someone confirming the purity of this. Resistant to hand polishing, it could be eliminated by buffing.

It has a "Fiddle" shaped handle with a slight "Tipt" backside, high, rounded, shoulders, a plain drop, and a pointed bowl.

The handle is engraved with an elegant, feathered script, "BSS" monogram.

Marked "[Richard C.] Akerly & [William D.] Briggs" for the New York City firm with dates 1845-51, it is also stamped with a "bust, lion, C" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in Manufacturers' Marks on American Coin Silver attributes to the "Gilbert-Cunningham/Cooper Complex" of makers.

Although otherwise unremarkable and not especially to be distinguished from other examples of its place and period, an example in such pure condition is unusual and offers a view of the manner in which such silver would have originally presented.

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