Cool Early American Find ~ Coin Related ~
So, as many of you probably know, I collect antique silver as well as coins.
Just a few days ago, last Wednesday, a friend of mine that just recently moved to New York City, who also likes to go antiquing found some silver spoons in a junk bin at some store in Brooklyn and the spoons were three dollars each!
He sent this picture:
I was really happy for him, I think it’s cool when your friends score a little deal like that, but I noticed one of the spoons looked a little earlier, and the more I looked at it, the more interested I became, and he’s one to just flip the stuff, so he saw that I had interest in it and just mailed it out to me to inspect it in person, I got it, gave it a gentle polish which is allowed with silverware
and it turned out really nicely!
I ended up buying it from him for a modest markup, and here it is:
I quickly found the maker to be one from right there in New York City! The website I’m going to post the link to is just for American silversmiths. Anyone that collect this stuff will find the site very handy:
My initial guess for this piece was 1790 to 1810 period, then, looking at the page it appears he worked from 1805 to 1806 so my guess was pretty decent.
And how it relates to coins: it’s made out of coin silver, they would literally melt down coins from circulation, cast it into an ingot and hammer up the flatware that way. It’s all hand forged. Then if you’ll notice the engraving, this would’ve been probably a gift to a married couple, the top initial is the last name, and the bottom two initials are the man and woman’s first initials.
You see this a lot with 18th and early 19th century silverware from England and America.
I just thought you guys might find this interesting… If you have anything similar, post it on this thread!