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Canadian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - John Munro, Saint John, New Brunswick     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1758
Period: George III
Year: 1813-1875
Silversmith: John Munro
Place: St. John, New Brunswick
Price: $ 370.00
Weight: 106 grams
Dimensions: 21.9 cm
Condition: One spoon very good, one spoon fair, due to a few knocks in the bowl. No splits.

Description: A Canadian Coin silver tablespoon pair in the Fiddle pattern, with engraved initial H. The spoons have excellent hallmarks, comprising of makers mark IM, NB for New Brunswick, and pseudo hallmarks lion passant, anchor and Georgian duty mark bust (this last one sideways). Canadian Maritime silversmiths of the early 19th century favoured imitation hallmarks, dictated by competition from imported English silver. St John silversmiths adopted the NB hallmark for New Brunswick, following their colleagues in Halifax (Langdon, pg 22). John Munro was born in 1791, and freed in 1813, he took over his father's shop in 1819. His premises were destroyed twice by fire, first in 1837 and again in 1874. He used a number of different pseudo marks, and also used IM and JM as makers marks (Donald Mackay, Silversmiths and Related Craftsmen of the Atlantic Provinces, page 107). Note - we earlier attributed this makers mark to James Melick, see details below, based on the book "Canadian Silversmiths 1700-1900, published 1966, page 101, where these hallmarks are attributed to him. We have recently acquired the Mackay book, published 1973, Mackay has much greater biographical detail, and notes that Melick was a watchmaker, who never mentioned silversmithing in his adverts (page 106). We support the Mackay attribution, but would welcome input from Canadian silver experts. James Melick was a working silversmith and clockmaker, he worked from premises in Prince William Street, Dock Street and Market Square over his career (Canadian Silversmiths, John Langdon, pg 101).
Canadian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - John Munro, Saint John, New Brunswick
Canadian silver tablespoons - James Melick, St John, New Brunswick

Canadian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - John Munro, Saint John, New Brunswick
Canadian silver hallmarks - New Brunswick

Canadian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - John Munro, Saint John, New Brunswick
Canadian silver spoons - back, James Melick St John

Canadian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - John Munro, Saint John, New Brunswick
Initials H - Canadian silver spoons

Canadian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - John Munro, Saint John, New Brunswick
Canadian silver tablespoons - scale

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