Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

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Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Postby hpidaves » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:25 pm

This small spoon (4 5/8") is made of what I think is coin silver. There are no marks on it except for a dot matrix type "1790" on the reverse at the end. The "1" is very faint, but it's there.

Any idea on maker? Not much to go on.

Thanks.

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Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Postby Traintime » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:29 pm

There are three initials above the date. Last one appears to be "D". This dotting is called Pin Pricked or simply "pricked" engraving. Due to surviving photos and close dating (1800), you might look at this entry: viewtopic.php?f=47&t=23059&p=55617&hilit=pricked#p55617

Tongs are basically a double ended spoon bent over in the center of the handle, so it's not too different. The main thing is prickings are usually a Euro-thing. The main design, cast-in to the one-piece spoon (no joined drop) is also likely northern or central European and searches should bear that out. Beyond this, answers will be a bit less easy with no marks to go on and no test for metal content. One good thing is that the micro-wear marks look right for a well used piece, so the chances of it being a re-casting (with subsequent detail losses) are then reduced (but not entirely dismissed yet). I reserve the right to recant on everything, including this.

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Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Postby Traintime » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:11 am


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Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Postby dragonflywink » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:01 am

Probably Norwegian, won't be able to ID a maker of course, but the prick-engraved date is nice, the decorative rocaille engraving is typical. To be clear, the spoon was not cast, it was wrought, nor does a drop on a spoon indicate a 'join' or two-part construction...

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Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Postby Hose_dk » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:12 am

if the prick engravement include a D - its for datter/dottor daughter
fathersk name with a datter in front.

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Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Postby hpidaves » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:26 pm

Thank you everyone for the information!

Dave


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