Eleven (11) coin silver spoons, including six (6) Samuel Bell, Knoxville tablespoons and five (5) dessert spoons attributed to Atkinson & Boyce of Jonesboro, TN. 1st-6th items: Six (6) Tennessee coin silver tablespoons or serving spoons with downturned reverse fiddle tipt handles, monogrammed "J.S.". Marked Bell & Co. in rectangle with impressed anthemions on each side. (Ref. TENNESSEE SILVERSMITHS by Benjamin Caldwell, p. 33). 9" L. 9.86 oz troy. Samuel Bell made silver in Knoxville from 1819-1852 and also served two terms as Knoxville's mayor from 1840-42 and 1844-46. In 1852, Bell moved to San Antonio, Texas and continued his vocation as a silversmith. 7th-11th items: Five (5) place spoons with downturned handles, monogrammed "AL". Marked A&B in rectangle, mark tentatively attributed to East Tennessee silversmiths Wilton Atkinson and William Boyce. Caldwell records Atkinson and Boyce working Jonesboro, Washington County, TN 1825-1833(?) but no confirmed example of their mark is known. 7 1/2" L. 5.23 oz troy. CONDITION: Old repairs to joints of tablespoons. 3/8" split to one bowl. Minor dents to most bowls on place spoons and tablespoons. All monograms worn but one may be redone.
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