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American coin silver flatware …13 of 17Set of Six Coin Silver Spoons B.C. FrobisherCoin Silver Spoon: N. Hawley
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BHock45
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Here is a spoon by J.J. Low & Co who worked in Boston from 1828-1839. More about his life:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~silversmiths/makers/silversmiths/133911.htm

This is also monogrammed "H", but this spoon has sharper shoulders....could be a little earlier than my previous post?

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Glory!!!
  2. BHock45 BHock45, 2 years ago
    mikkoChristmas11, vetraio50, and mustangtony thanks!!!
  3. Hems303 Hems303, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the post BHock45. Why was coin silver work so prevalent in the States as apposed to say England?
  4. BHock45 BHock45, 1 year ago
    Hey Hems303, thanks for the comment. I guess everyone has differing opinions, but I think the main reason is the lack of regulations. In Great Britain the .925 Standard of Fineness was laid down in 1238 and came to be known as Sterling, which I am sure you know already ;). In the U.S. it was not until 1907 that the US formally adopted .925 as the Standard of Fineness for Sterling.

    In addition, until the opening of the Comstock Lode in 1859 there were no silver mines in the United States of any significance. Before that nearly all silver in the US first came as either a finished product -- bowl, candlestick, spoon, or whatever -- or as a silver coin or bar. Most all silver imports were of European manufacture (http://reviews.ebay.com/EARLY-AMERICAN-COIN-SILVER-A-BRIEF-HISTORY?ugid=10000000007006141).

    Also what this guide goes on to say, which I find interesting, is that like now silversmiths would buy silver products from the public. The reason really early American pieces are so hard to find is because an 1700's spoon would have been melted and made into an 1800's spoon. When Tiffany and Gorham started striving to be like English silversmiths coin silver was ended. Interesting story. Take care!
  5. Hems303 Hems303, 1 year ago
    BHock45...Thanks for that. That answers the question. Spot On! Thanks

    Steve
  6. BHock45 BHock45, 1 year ago
    Hey Steve! No problem, thanks for commenting! Have a great one!!
  7. NativeJewelerylovers NativeJewelerylovers, 1 year ago
    Also, most of the sterling or pure silver would have to been imported from England and Spain so it was a lot more cost effective to melt coins to make items and also remelt older items. The US passed a law in 1837 that coins were to be .900 fineness.

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