Three Knoxville, Tennessee coin silver tablespoons with downturned coffin handles having mid-rib backs, all marked S. Bell in rectangle on reverse with double sunburst marks on each side (Samuel Bell, b. 1797-d. 1881, working Knoxville, TN 1819-1852 and later,Texas). According to "Tennessee Silversmiths" by Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Jr., this mark is among those used by Bell during the time he worked in Knoxville (see p. 33, mark 35b). Bell also served two terms as Knoxville's mayor before migrating to Texas. All with varying monograms. 8-1/2" to 9"L, 4.34 oz troy combined weight. Circa 1825. Provenance: the collection of John Montague, Memphis, Tenn. Condition: All with wear and shallow dents to bowl; small loss to tip of bowl of one spoon.
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