["S AND B" {in Shield} COIN]-Tablespoons

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["S AND B" {in Shield} COIN]-Tablespoons

Postby Traintime » Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:05 pm

Never seen "AND" like this...possibly a retailer?

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Re: ["S AND B" {in Shield} COIN]-Tablespoons

Postby Traintime » Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:30 pm

Looking at the use of a Union shield, could it be a "P AND R" fancy variant for Pratt & Reath of Philly? Their ads used a shield.

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Re: ["S AND B" {in Shield} COIN]-Tablespoons

Postby Traintime » Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:58 pm

What little I found on Pratt & Reath was that they took over (succeeded) an existing firm about 1851. They imported watches and handled "plated" wares. At some point they appear in a list of dealers in a domestic watch line. I know nothing about silver flatware nor hollowares for them, but a rectangular name mark has been noted on something. They apparently close shop in about 1861, the era of civil war.

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Re: ["S AND B" {in Shield} COIN]-Tablespoons

Postby silverly » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:15 pm

The first letter is a round hand "S." It is not a common ampersand to me either, but I think I have seen it in the past. Sorry, I can't help with the maker or retailer.

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Re: ["S AND B" {in Shield} COIN]-Tablespoons

Postby Traintime » Fri Jan 31, 2020 3:33 pm

Item record: Matched pair, no personalisations. Tipt end topside. Overall length 8". Bowl length 2 3/4". Bowl Width 1 3/4" extreme. Thickness 1/8" mid-handle, narrowing outward to 1/16" and less.

I generally agree on the expectations of an "S" form, but have seen it also used as a "P" in the deep past...those people just love to drive us crazy.


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