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I was sorting through a batch of tablespoons last night, mostly by Boston and Philadelphia makers c 1810-1820, and was struck once again by the uniformly high typographic quality of the maker's marks. One in particular, by Thomas Fletcher, is particularly fine.

All the spoons proved the men's talent, but making a spoon of silver is not the same as cutting a punch in steel. Were the punches cut by the smiths themselves, as in the old days, when there were no alternatives? Or were the makers supplied by the local type foundries where punch-cutting would be a normal part of business? I have had occasion to look over many early foundry specimen books, but have never noted any mention of this service being offered. I would appreciate hearing of any research that has been done on this relationship.

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