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Nice Pair of Coin Silver Tablespoons by Samuel Wilmot, Sr.

Nice Pair of Coin Silver Tablespoons by Samuel Wilmot, Sr.
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Offered is a good pair of large American coin silver table spoons bearing the mark WILMOT in a serrated punch, most likely for Samuel Wilmot, Sr., working in New Haven, Connecticut from about 1798 through at least the mid-1820s, and perhaps later. There are several narratives about whether he remained in Connecticut throughout his working life, and only his son worked in the South, or whether he spent a good deal of his career in Georgetown and Charleston, South Carolina. Most likely it was only the son that moved south, and in any event this pair of tablespoons date to about 1805-15 by style, and so would have been made in Connecticut. This pair averages measures about 8 7/8 inches in length, and weighs about 101 grams altogether. Each spoon has a good clear maker's mark and a period engraved script monogram of "FCW" or perhaps "HW". Condition is fair overall, with moderate surface wear and some stubborn corrosion/tarnish spots, as well as one bowl being out of round and slightly crimped, though there are no splits or repairs. These spoons must have been stored somewhere moist or with a chemical reaction. Luckily nothing important was affected, and the spots do largely come out with enough elbow grease. Please check out all of the pictures for this listing, as well as my other listings for another tablespoon from the same set. All in all a good example of this maker's work!

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