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Superb Fiddlethread Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by Thomas Fletcher

Superb Fiddlethread Long-Handled Condiment Spoon by Thomas Fletcher
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Offered is a very sought-after long-handled condiment spoon from the heavy and luxurious American coin silver fiddlethread pattern made by celebrated Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Fletcher, circa 1827-42. Fletcher's fiddlethread is probably the height of quality for this pattern in America prior to the Civil War - it is uniformly excellent, and heavy. It virtually always has a well-done period script monogram to the reverse ("CM" on this piece), making it quite possible to build a full service in this pattern, as the monograms are discrete and usually very similar - most appear to have been engraved by the same hand and are roughly the same size and same orientation. See my other listings for a tablespoon in this pattern.

This piece has a very clear maker's mark, as well as the aforementioned period script monogram to the reverse. It is a very uncommon example of a long-handled condiment spoon in this pattern, probably for mustard but also possibly for honey or some other delicacy. This piece measures about 5 1/8 inches in length and weighs a heavy 28 grams. Condition is excellent, with minimal wear and no dents, splits or repairs. Please review all the pictures. All in all a superb example of Fletcher's coin silver flatware!

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