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Baltimore Coin Silver Tablespoon - Samuel Kirk, Baltimore Assay Marks     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1833
Period: George IV
Year: 1822
Silversmith: Samuel Kirk
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Price: $ 280.00
Weight: 58 grams
Dimensions: 23.0 cm
Condition: Good, slight wear to tip, light scratches.

Description: An interesting coin silver American Fiddle pattern tablespoon, made by Samuel Kirk in 1822. The spoon has original owners script initials JMC. The spoon has 4 hallmarks, makers mark S.Kirk in script in rectangular punch for Samuel Kirk, Baltimore Coat of Arms shield mark in clipped corner rectangle (quality mark), date letter F for 1822 and Head of Liberty mark. This dates to a very interesting period in US silver history, Baltimore between 1814 and 1830 was the only place and date where hallmarks were required on silver in the USA. The State Legislature of Maryland passed the Assay Act of 1814, which set the quality standard at 917, the Act was repealed in 1830 due to opposition by the affected silversmiths, including Kirk, who petitioned for its repeal. Thomas Warner was the Baltimore Assayer between 1814 and 1823, so he would have struck these marks. Samuel Kirk began working as a silversmith 1815, he founded the very successful firm of S. Kirk & Sons in 1846, it became the oldest surviving silversmithing firm in the USA.
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