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Wm. Kendrick, Louisville KY, "Gibney" Coin Silver Youth Spoon & Knife

Wm. Kendrick, Louisville KY, "Gibney" Coin Silver Youth Spoon & Knife
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Attributed to Michael Gibney but actually designed by Francis Gibney, and later produced by Whiting, "Gibney" is an early 1860s design.

This matched 6 5/16" long, .9 T. oz., youth knife and 6" long, .8 T. oz., spoon are coin silver and may predate the Whiting association (later production was made to a sterling standard).

Each piece is stamped "W. Kendrick" for the Louisville, Kentucky, jeweler, with the spoon additionally marked "Patent 1862."

Both items are also engraved "To Capt. Sid," on the handles. This adds an endearing bit of detail about the child to whom these pieces belonged. Apparently his family used this moniker for him.

In very good condition, these pieces show scant evidence of wear, limited to light surface scratches and faint polishing wear on the high spots of the design. The knife blade is without bends or nicks. The spoon bowl remains well-shaped and without tip wear, but shows a few pinprick dimples in the interior.

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