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iconnumber posted 04-25-2000 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WGS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for information about a coin silver teaspoon. I'm sorry that I cannot send a scan.

The spoon is marked from left to right with: G ? and a lion. The lion is passant although facing to the right. The mark represented by ? is worn away at the top but seems to be somewhat separated into an upper and lower part.

The spoon is a pointed oval with a typical fiddle handle. The handle is turned down and there is no tipping. The shoulders are flared. On the front is the monogram "L B" in feathered script, and on the back is "Anita" in script.

I have looked in Belden, Wyler, Rainwater and Ensko. Any ideas?

I noticed the forum entry entitled "COIN SILVER HALLMARKS", but those marks appear to be going in the other direction.

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iconnumber posted 04-25-2000 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WGS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eureka! I just found it in Belden. It may be Abraham Fellows of Troy, New York - 1810-1850.

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iconnumber posted 04-25-2000 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While the marks are shown in Belden associated with Abraham Fellows, they may simply be pseudo marks indicating bought out goods. I have several early (by style) pieces marked FELLOWS incuse with no pseudo hallmarks, which Ensko gives to Abraham, but as indicated in Belden, may also have been used by James. On the other hand, there is some indication that James Fellows may have been primarily a merchant rather than a manufacturer; perhaps Abraham was the smith and James the seller and they were, in fact, brothers. There is a record of a Philip Fellows (described as a merchant)and Rachel Knapp who married in Troy NY c 1780. They had a number of children, among them James (1783) and Abraham (1786), both reasonable dates for the 1810 advertisements in Troy noted in Belden. Certainly worth a bit more research; perhaps one of our readers lives in the Troy area and can do a bit of snooping.

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