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Baltimore Coin Silver Teaspoon - Samuel Kirk, Baltimore Assay Marks     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1878
Period: George IV
Year: 1824-1827
Silversmith: Samuel Kirk
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Price: $ 200.00
Weight: 27 grams
Dimensions: 14.7 cm
Condition: Excellent, strong tip.

Description: An interesting coin silver American single struck Kings shape Thread and Shell pattern teaspoon, made by Samuel Kirk between 1824 and 1827. Whilst we describe this as a teaspoon, it is a large and heavy teaspoon, perfect for eating dessert. Single struck flatware means the pattern is only struck on one side, this only occurred in Scotland in the UK. The spoon has the original owners engraved family crest, a human head with full beard. The spoon has 3 hallmarks, makers mark S.Kirk in serrated rectangular punch for Samuel Kirk, Baltimore Coat of Arms large oval shield mark (quality mark), date letter C for 1824 - 1827, these are all well struck and clear. 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 The State Legislature of Maryland passed the Assay Act of 1814, which set the quality standard at 917, the Act was repealed in 1830 due to opposition by the affected silversmiths, including Kirk, who petitioned for its repeal.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. Please visit www.sterlingflatwarefashions.com for more information on Baltimore Assay marks.
Baltimore Coin Silver Teaspoon - Samuel Kirk, Baltimore Assay Marks
Baltimore Coin Silver Teaspoon - Samuel Kirk, Baltimore assay marks

Baltimore Coin Silver Teaspoon - Samuel Kirk, Baltimore Assay Marks
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