1 coin silver medicine spoon and 3 coin and sterling ladles with marks of Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee silversmiths/jewellers, 4 items total. 1st item: 1 Salt or condiment ladle with plain fiddle handle marked JM SMITH in rectangle with backwards S (John M. Smith, working Nashville, c. 1835). 4 5/8" L. 2nd item: Long-handled Medicine Teaspoon, plain fiddle handle stamped on back J.S. CURTIS in rectangle (working Memphis, c. 1850) and stamped on front J.W. HAYES (likely Dr. John Womack Hayes, 1848-1904). 8 5/8" L. Note: Dr. Hayes was born in North Carolina and studied medicine in Jackson, TN, with his uncle, J.G. Womack. Dr. Hayes began his medical career in Denmark, Tennessee, where he practiced for seven years before moving to Marianna, Arkansas, about 60 miles from Memphis. He also worked in Eureka Springs and St. Louis, MO. He was elected president of the Tri-State Medical Society, encompassing Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee, in 1902. 3rd item: Neo-Grec style coin silver soup or punch ladle, matte gilded bowl with engraved floral design, Anthemion handle stamped COIN and J.S. CURTIS in rectangle en verso, monogrammed H. 10 5/8" L. 4th item: Neo-Grec style salt or condiment ladle, incuse mark F.H. Clark and STERLING en verso. (Frederick Henry Clark, working Memphis 1850-1866). Monogrammed RFP. 5" L. Combined weight: 5.40 troy ounces. Provenance: Private West Tennessee Collection. CONDITION: Smith salt/condiment ladle exhibits wear and some tiny dents to bowl. Soup/punch ladle has extremely worn monogram to back of handle, a few spots of oxidation to matte gilt bowl. Medicine spoon has considerable scratching and wear. Clark salt/condiment ladle in excellent condition.
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