Two (2) coin silver forks, fiddle thread pattern handles stamped "coin" with incuse retailer marks "BELL & BROTHERS," San Antonio, Texas, plus pseudohallmark for James Watt (Philadelphia, PA, working 1835-1881). 7 1/2" L. 3.230 total troy ounces. Circa 1860. Note: Samuel Bell, born 1797, worked as a silversmith in Knoxville from 1819-1852 before moving to San Antonio with his family. His sons joined him in the silver business at his small adobe storefront on Commerce Street which offered silver tablewares, spurs, bowie knives. In about 1860, the firm was renamed "Bell & Brothers" with Bell's sons David, Powhatan and Jessup Bell now managing most of the manufacturing and retailing duties. Samuel Bell died in 1882. CONDITION: 3-letter script monogram to handle, overall very good condition with light general wear.
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