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R. Smith Newark NJ "Reverse Tipt" Shell Back Coin Silver Place Spoon

R. Smith Newark NJ "Reverse Tipt" Shell Back Coin Silver Place Spoon
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At 7 1/2" long, and weighing 1.1 T. oz., this item is larger than today's dessert or oval soup, and smaller than a tablespoon. It would have been an individual place piece in its mid 19th century period.

It has a broad, down turned, "Reverse Tipt," handle end, a narrow shank with beveled edges, and high, rounded shoulders off the bowl.

The bowl has a pointed tip and a raised shell design on the backside heel.

It is stamped "R[ichard]. Smith" and "Newark," along with a "lion, D, bust" pseudo hallmark that William McGrew in his work on such marks identifies as an unknown Newark maker.

There is a feathered script "MC" monogram engraved on the handle, set sideways.

This is an especially well-crafted, precisely rendered, item in very fine estate condition. It is without signs of wear apart from light surface scratches consistent with age, has a perfectly shaped bowl that is free of dents or burrs, and the overall finish shows a warm patina.

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