Group of 17 coin silver forks from various states, including Alabama, mid 19th century. Includes 4 fiddle handled forks with incuse marks S F HOBBS for Samuel F. Hobbs, working Selma, Alabama circa 1860, all monogrammed "Emily", 2 shell and thread pattern forks marked E & D KINSEY in rectangles for Edward and David Kinsey, working c. 1836-1850, Newport, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio, monogrammed Este; 5 fiddle handled forks marked E. JACCARD & CO in rectangles for Edward Jaccard & Co, working St. Louis, Missouri c. 1852-1864, all monogrammed Botts; 2 fiddle handled forks marked JWB in rectangle with psuedohallmarks for Joseph Boyd, working New York circa 1820, monogrammed Bass; 2 fiddle handled forks with incuse marks ROBERT RAIT plus pseudohallmarks (New York, 1833-1866); and 2 fiddle handled forks marked M. SCHAEFER in rectangle (location unknown) with very worn monograms on backs of handles. Combined weight 28.52 oz troy. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, TN. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with some wear to tines. Schafer forks have very worn monograms; Rait spoons have worn marks and one has a small fissure to back of handle that does not go all the way through.
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