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Very Early Reading, PA Teaspoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback, Ca. 1825

Very Early Reading, PA Teaspoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback, Ca. 1825
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Offered is a very nice American coin silver teaspoon by Prisca Levan Mannerback (Mannerbach), son of the well-known Reading silversmith William Mannerback. The younger Mannerbach/Mannerback, who went by Levan based on his maker's mark, started working under his own mark not much earlier than 1825, given that he was born in 1807, and that would make him 18 in 1825. For that reason, it is surprising how early this spoon is by style, with a slim fiddle handle and no shoulders. It could be one of the very earliest pieces made by Levan, and the L.M.B. maker's mark is his earlier mark, not used after about 1840 based on the style of extant pieces. This piece has a good clear maker's mark and a clear city mark for Reading. This spoon is also engraved with a period script monogram for the original owner. This piece measures about 5 5/8 inches in length and weighs about 17 grams. Condition is fairly good overall, with the bowl slightly out of round and a slight twist to the stem, but no major dents and no splits or repairs. All in all a great example of this maker's early mark, and perhaps his earliest extant work!

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