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iconnumber posted 11-01-1999 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend's comment today brought to mind a question I had been meaning to post. We both have several coffin handle spoons (in her case a lovely set of 10) that are numbered in sequence. I am told this occasionally appears in American silver, but I have only heard of it being found on coffin style spoons. My own pet theory is that these were sets made for churches or funeral homes (did they exist at this date?) and the numbering was a form of inventory control. I am told the practice is not uncommon in English silver, especially in large flatware sets. Any thoughts? Has anyone seen this on non-coffin wares?

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iconnumber posted 11-08-1999 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for roy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
the numbering of spoons is not limited to coffin ends. I have a set of 6 numbered tablespons, 8 3/4" long c.1790. cast pointed drop on back of bowl; handle pointed end, tipped back; front of handle with elaborate bright cutting, script monogram within an oval cartouche, with number above. made by
Thomas Norton 1773-1834 see Belden pg.317.
great gage(wt.of the six totals 9 ozs.10 dwts.) Wedding Gift?

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iconnumber posted 11-08-1999 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very interesting Roy. I have never seen a numbered set of tablespoons, even in English silver. Any chance of posting a scan of one?

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