12 pieces assorted Memphis related coin silver and early sterling. Includes 1 fiddle tipt tablespoon marked Merriman & Clark in rectangle; 2 fiddle tipt tablespoons and 1 sugar shell with egg and dart and acanthus pattern handle, all marked Merriman, Byrd & Co. (incuse marks); 1 Sugar shell with fiddle tipt handle marked Merriman and Memphis in two separate rectangles; 1 egg spoon marked J.E. Merriman & Co. with additional old Gorham marks; 1 olive pattern fork marked J.E. Merriman & Co.; 1 pair sugar tongs with plain oval grips and dog and tree engraved crest on the bridge, marked Merriman in rectangle with additional marks D and Sterling; 1 pair sugar tongs with shell decoration at grips and applied spiral design, marked Merriman in rectangle, and 3 fiddle tipt pattern pieces all marked Merriman in rectangle (1 tablespoon 1 butter knife and 1 sugar shell). Tennessee Silversmiths by Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell notes that James E. Merriman worked in Memphis 1841-47 with Frederick H. Clark and from 1847-1860 and later on his own and in partnership with others, importing some silver for retail later in his career. By 1860 his firm's name was changed to Merriman & Byrd when W.C. Byrd became a partner in the business. Combined weight of all items: 14.38 oz troy. Sizes range from 4-7/8" to 9-1/8"L. Provenance: the collection of John Montague, Memphis, Tenn. Condition: Most pieces monogrammed and in good condition, however, the Merriman and Clark tablespoon and 1 Merriman Byrd tablespoon each have a 1/2" tear to bowl.