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George Webb, Baltimore, Engraved Feather Edge Sterling Silver Spoon

George Webb, Baltimore, Engraved Feather Edge Sterling Silver Spoon
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The Baltimore Museum of Art volume Maryland Silver indicates George Webb (1812-90) was a second generation silversmith, although he trained under Hugh Gelston rather than his father, James Webb.

This source also notes that he "conducted his highly successful jewelry and silver shop under the name Webb & Co. on Baltimore and Light Streets with W.H. Sexton as a partner 1877-86."

As this 9" long, 2.2 T. oz., serving spoon carries this mark, along with the word "Sterling," it can be definitely dated to this period.

A quietly elegant piece, it has a rounded end with a "Tipt" backside. The handle front is bright cut and wriggle work engraved, with a feathered edge and a formal Old English "J.M.C." monogram set sideways in the plain central area.

The plum shaped bowl has a scalloped edge, a bright gold finish front and back sides, and is delicately inscribed in a stylized leaf and branch design.

The piece appears to have been little used, showing no polishing wear, bends, dents, or loss of gold in the bowl, and having a bright finish overall.

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