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iconnumber posted 01-24-2000 02:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LWSP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am researching three silver spoons marked "I G" in a rectangle. They were purchased at auction in Scotland and were believed to have been made by James Gordon of Aberdeen, c.1770, however Dr. Ben Caldwell suggested James Getty of Williamsburg as their maker. John D. Germon of Phila. is doubtful.

Illustrations may be viewed at: [gone from the] under the title "Williamsburg silver?"

I would appreciate any comments.


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iconnumber posted 01-24-2000 10:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you bought them in Scotland, they are far more likely to be Scottish than American. Scottish smiths are known to have marked things with only a maker's mark. Stylistically, the exaggerated curve of the tips does not seem American. They also seem quite thick, which would point to an English or Scottish origin. True, American silver can be found in England, the result of Loyalist families fleeing the colonies in the aftermath of the Revolution. That said, I don't think very many Loyalists returned to Scotland!

It would take a metal analysis to make a more definite conclusion. Actual English silver tends to meet the sterling standard, whether assayed or not. American silver is often of a much lower standard.

In all, I'd give these spoons about a 5% chance of being American, at best. Your initial instincts are almost certainly correct.

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