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Twenty (20) silver teaspoons marked for Georgetown, Kentucky makers and retailers Capt. Edward C. and Sarah (Sallie) E. Barlow, and T.J. and A.X.F. Shepard. Includes four (4) coin silver teaspoons with Fiddle Swell handles, marked E.C. BARLOW in rectangles for Edward Callistus Barlow (working 1849-c. 1894) and four (4) sterling fiddle handle teaspoons with marks for Gorham and incuse retailer marks S.E. BARLOW for Sarah (Sallie) E. Barlow, who succeeded her husband as proprietor of his jewelry store until her death in 1923. Note: E.C. Barlow, born 1829, worked in Georgetown 1849-1851 as apprentice to T.J. Shepard before establishing his own business. He left the trade during the Civil War to fight for the Union army, a decision complicated by the fact that he was a slave owner and his brother served the Confederacy under John Hunt Morgan. E.C. Barlow was eventually was promoted to Captain of Company B of the Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Infantry. He returned to his business following the war, and when he died in about 1894, his wife Sallie took over his business. Although E.C. Barlow was trained as a silversmith, entries in Barlow's diary (held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections) suggest that most of his inventory was imported from elsewhere and retailed. Sources: The Jeweler's Circular, Sept. 19, 1923; "Silversmiths of Kentucky," Marquis Boultinghouse pp. 46-50. This lot also includes one (1) table or serving spoon, six (6) dessert spoons, two (2) teaspoons and one (1) shovel shaped spoon with fiddle or fiddle swell handles stamped T.J. SHEPARD (italicized) in rectangles for Thomas Jefferson Shepard, working Georgetown, KY circa 1820-1828 and 1831-1875, and one (1) tablespoon with fiddle handle stamped SHEPARD in rectangle for Alpheus Xavier Francis Shepard, working Georgetown circa 1817-1831. Gross total weight of items is 19.46 troy ounces. Note: Thomas and Alpheus Shepard were brothers; their mother's maiden name was Barlow. Thomas apprenticed under his older brother Alpheus before moving to Louisville to work with other silversmiths for a few years. Upon his return to Georgetown in 1831, Thomas bought out Alpheus's silver and jewelry business. (Ref. Boultinghouse, pp. 244-246.). Items ranging in size from 5 3/8" to 9" L. The Estate of Cora Jane Spiller, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Condition: Barlow Spoons: Sterling spoons are monogrammed MDD. Other Barlow spoons are not monogrammed and one is shorter than the other. T.J. Shepard teaspoons and A.X.F. Shepard tablespoon are monogrammed. All items overall very good condition. Scattered light wear to marks.