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Rare Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Ayres of Lexington

Rare Early Kentucky Coin Silver Spoon by Samuel Ayres of Lexington
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Offered is a very scarce and early example of Kentucky coin silver by prominent Lexington silversmith Samuel Ayres, whose biographical information appears below. This piece is marked with a maker's mark of "S.AYRES LEX K" in a banner. By style this piece would appear to date to between 1800 and 1810. There is no monogram or sign of erasure, and the maker's mark is rubbed but legible. This piece measures about 4 3/4 inches in length and weighs about 7 grams. Condition is poor overall, with some surface wear and a quite torn bowl. Please take a look at all the pictures by clicking on the first picture. However, the rarity of the piece makes this a desirable example nonetheless. All in all a nice example of a mark used by a very early Kentucky silversmith, and a nice example of early Southern coin silver!

Per the Kentucky Historical Society, "Samuel Ayres was born in 1767 and emigrated to Kentucky in 1784. He was a jeweler and silversmith in Lexington, Ky., starting in 1790. His silversmith business is listed in the 1806 Lexington City Directory as being on High Street and he apparently lived at the same address. In 1810 he built a home/shop on Main Street. In 1813, he entered into a partnership with another silversmith, John G. Hiter. This partnership apparently lasted until 1818. Ayres moved to Danville, Ky., in 1823 and died there in 1824."

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