SOLD! for $720.00.
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Coin silver spoons and ladle, marked "Simpson" and "Foster," attributed to Samuel Simpson of Hopkinsville, Kentucky or Clarksville, Tennessee, and to Jeremiah Foster of Hopkinsville, KY or John Foster of Winchester, Virginia – total 10 items. 1st-3rd items: 3 teaspoons with fiddle swell handles stamped S. SIMPSON in rectangle, likely the mark of Samuel Simpson, working Clarksville, TN, c. 1840-1858 and probably the same S. Simpson who appears in various Hopkinsville, KY references 1859-1860 (see Marquis Boultinghouse, Kentucky Silversmiths, p. 121 and Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, Tennessee Silversmiths, p. 154-155). 4th-10th items: 1 gravy/cream ladle with shell back, 1 tablespoon, and 5 assembled teaspoons (3/2) all with fiddle handles, stamped J. FOSTER in rectangles, possibly Jeremiah Foster of Hopkinsville, KY (1791-1823). Note: the two teaspoons with narrower handles are almost certainly the mark of John Foster of New York (working 1809-1818) based on the two sizes of uppercase letters used in the mark. The remaining pieces may be work of John Foster II, working Virginia and Maryland 1812-1858 (ref. Catherine Hollan, Virginia Silversmiths, p. 272-273). Ranging in size from 6 1/8" to 9 1/4" L. Combined weight 7.2 oz troy. The Estate of Cora Jane Spiller, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Condition: Overall very good condition. All pieces except ladle have various monograms. Wear to mark on tablespoon and to tips of bowls on the 2 narrower Foster spoons.