Faithful readers of our little web page know we never tire of mentioning that Burt was a substantial and by all reports jovial fellow who weighed three hundred and eighty pounds.
Come ye citizens of Portsmouth and reclaim thy heritage!!
These are substantial and well made spoons, weighing in at 4.69 oz. Troy, the lot. The overall condition is excellent. Whether any of this lends them a premium over the silver value, or whether they'll be swallowed up by the smelter's gaping maw remains to be seen...
French silver from this period is quite scarce. Price is for the total of eight pieces.
Readers of our little web page know that there's not much coin silver flatware here-- that is, pieces made between 1825 and 1868 in the good old U.S. of A. Why? Because most of it was thin, mass produced, and of inferior quality...
There is slight tip wear from right handed use, a few minor insults to the bowl (including a scratch, reverse), and significant wear to the monogram "B / E * E". On the whole, however, this spoon presents itself well. To quote Quimby in American Silver at Winterthur, "Stoutenburgh left a small body of high quality work"...
We could only wish that it had a fine old family name but alas there is no engraving and happily no removal.
Prevear was a silversmith, watchmaker, and inventor. He was born in Northampton (1818) and apprenticed to Samuel Harrington of Amherst, who later became his partner. He married Olive Hanscome in Amherst (1843), and after her death married a second time (1856) to Elizabeth Pranker, an 1853 graduate of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, now Mt. Holyoke College...