Coin silver dessert fork, the reverse of handle stamped "coin" with incuse retailer mark "BELL & BROTHERS," of San Antonio, Texas, plus pseudo hallmark for James Watt (Philadelphia, PA, working 1835-1881) and monogram on front of handle, SBM or KBM. 6 7/8" L. 1.04 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. (Source: Tennessee Silversmiths by Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell). This fork is from the same private collection as two similar forks sold in our January, 2020 auction, lot #75. CONDITION: Light scratching to handle, some wear to pseudo hallmark, overall very good condition.
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