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Important Set of 4 Maysville, KY Tspns by J. S. Gilpin - Unrecorded Mk

Important Set of 4 Maysville, KY Tspns by J. S. Gilpin - Unrecorded Mk
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$265.00

Offered is a very good set of Kentucky coin silver teaspoons by noted Maysville silversmith and watchmaker Joseph S. Gilpin, who was established in Maysville by the 1830s. His jewelry shop was robbed there in 1842, and he was robbed again by Union troops during the war. He died sometime between 1865 and 1867.

These spoons each have a period engraved script monogram, and each has a good legible maker's mark, some slightly rubbed. The interesting thing about these particular spoons is that the mark is different from that shown in Boultinghouse's "Silversmiths of Kentucky" - it appears to be an unrecorded mark and probably a rare one - the die already seems to have had a crack when these were struck with the maker's mark, and perhaps the die broke not long thereafter. In any event, it appears Boultinghouse did not come across an example of this mark, and I'm not sure if it has ever been recorded or documented. Please see the pictures for a closeup of the mark.

These spoons measure about 5 7/8 inches in length and weigh about 63 grams altogether. Condition overall is good, with some small dings in a couple of bowls and a scuff here and there, but no splits or repairs. All in all a great example of Southern coin silver with a rare mark!

Available singly for $75-100 each or as a group for the stated price.

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