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Shreve & Co. San Francisco "French Thread" 6 Coin Silver Place Spoons

Shreve & Co. San Francisco "French Thread" 6 Coin Silver Place Spoons
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$325.00 Price for the set of six.

Very early examples of San Francisco marked flatware, this set of six, matched, 8 3/8" long, 10.9 T. oz. the lot, coin silver spoons date circa 1860.

They are stamped on backsides "G.C. Shreve & Co., which firm according to an entry in Dorothy Rainwater's Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers, was established in 1852.

It eventually became the West Coast's premier jeweler and silver manufacturer.

In its early years, however, as noted by Rainwater, flatware was sourced from Eastern producers, notably Gorham, although any maker's attribution can only be inferred since these are not identified other than with the Shreve name.

A "French Thread" aka "Fiddle Thread" pattern, each of these is inscribed "Austin" in fine cursive lettering on the handle backside.

As well as historically noteworthy, that these have come through time as an intact set makes them all the more unusual.

They are in very good condition, showing only light surface scratches as evidence of use. The bowls remain well-shaped and free of dents or tip wear. The finishes are warm and even.

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