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Very Rare Cincinnati Coin Silver Spoon by Nathan, Escales & Co.

Very Rare Cincinnati Coin Silver Spoon by Nathan, Escales & Co.
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Offered is a very rare example of the work and mark of the Cincinnati firm of Nathan, Escales & Co. (Max Nathan, Morris Escales, and Joseph Levy), working for a couple of years in the late 1850s. The firm was located at 100 Walnut Street, between Pearl and Third Streets. An 1859 ad in "The American Israelite" provided this information. The firm appears to have been catering to the Jewish community of Cincinnati, and was made up of members of that community - as such, this spoon might be considered Judaica.

This maker's mark is rare enough that there was no known example for the book "Cincinnati Silver, 1788-1940" by Amy Miller Dehan. This spoon, a pair already sold, and a fourth and final spoon from this set, donated to the Cincinnati Art Museum, appear to comprise the only known examples of this partnership's work and mark.

This piece measures about 5 7/8 inches in length and weighs about 14 grams. It has a period engraved script monogram of "CWT" to the handle. Condition is good overall, with some modest wear overall and small dings to the bowl, but no splits or repairs. Please review all of the pictures. All in all a fine example of this rare mark!

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