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James Watts, Phila., Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Shovel

James Watts, Phila., Engraved Twist Handle Coin Silver Berry Shovel
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A form popular in the mid 19th century, this shovel style serving piece was for berries, although it is often identified as a cracker scoop.

This example is 8 7/8" long, weighs 2.2 T. oz., and is marked "James Watts," along with his "horsehead over shield" emblem and the word "Coin."

The handle has a twisted stem and boldly shaped upper portion that is engraved in a leaf and palmetto design with wriggle work detailing. This is all characteristically Philadelphia in manner, and readily identifiable as originating from that city.

The backside is plain save for the marks.

The bowl is large, 3 1/2" by 2 1/2" by 1" deep, is finished in a bright rose gold wash front and back sides, and is engraved on the interior and front stem in a design that is similar to that on the handle (see image 2).

The handle is inscribed with an feathered cursive letter "LVS" monogram set sideways on the obverse.

In outstanding condition, the engraving remains crisp and well-defined and the finish is bright and even. There are no bends, dents, or other damage. The bowl shows some slight polishing wear of the gold and a dulled area in the interior heel where tarnish was polished away.

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