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C.F. Greenwood, Norfolk VA, Twist & Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spn

C.F. Greenwood, Norfolk VA, Twist & Engraved Coin Silver Preserve Spn
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This 7 5/8" long, approximately 1.3 T. oz., coin silver, preserve or jelly spoon has a double provenance in that it is stamped with a Gothic "W&H" for Philadelphia's Watts & Harper manufacturer, and with the name "C.F. Greenwood," for the Norfolk, Virginia, jeweler.

Catherine Hollan in Philadelphia Silversmiths gives narrow dates for the W&H partnership, 1859-61/62, while Cutten's Silversmiths of Virginia indicates Greenwood began his business about 1850.

These dates are convergent and indicate this traces to a time just before the Civil War, which is also consistent with the style of the piece.

It has a twisted central shank leading to a broad, down turned and shaped end that is engraved with bright cutting, wriggle work, and pseudo engine turning.

There is a feathered script "BF" monogram set sideways on the handle front, while the backside is plain save for a slightly "Tipt" end and the aforementioned marks.

The bowl is shell form and generously proportioned at 2 1/2" long and 1 3/4" at the widest.

This is in exceptionally fine condition, free of nicks, dents, bends, or burrs, and has a bright finish. The engraving remains clear and distinct.

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