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Interesting Scroll Pictureback Spoon Ca. 1785-1800 Marked J*N - Maker?

Interesting Scroll Pictureback Spoon Ca. 1785-1800 Marked J*N - Maker?
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Offered is an interesting late 18th Century American coin silver teaspoon with die-struck foliate scroll decoration to the back of the bowl, similar to Boston spoons a bit earlier in date. This spoon appears to date to about 1785-1800 by style, but could be a bit earlier or later. It is marked J*N in a rectangular punch, and the punch is a bit primitive, but that doesn't guarantee this is a small-town piece. I'm not sure of the maker, but John Nelson of Portsmouth, NH is a possibility, though he died in 1789, so perhaps not. Another potential maker is James Ninde of Baltimore, but I don't know if he made any pieces in this style. This piece could even be Canadian or something else, but I consider the scroll decoration to be mostly American at this late date.

This spoon is engraved in period script for the original owner(s) and has a clear maker's mark. It measures about 5 1/2 inches and weighs about 14 grams. Condition is rather poor in that in addition to some wear to the bowl and design there is a significant repair - the stem broke at one time, and the end of the spoon was reattached. Nonetheless, it is an interesting piece with a good mark. All in all a nice mystery spoon for further research!

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