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TGS

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iconnumber posted 05-01-2000 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TGS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just received delivery of a quite nice teaspoon which has me stumped. The touch mark is a capital M in a recessed rectangle. There are the remains of a monogram which not legible but may be somewhat crude. On the other hand the M in the touch mark is quite well done. The seller has informed me that he had another spoon with this same mark several months ago so that my original theory that another letter was rubbed out turns out badly. I cannot send a scan of the mark but can provide a scan of the spoon itself if needed.
It is very plain, two piece, 5.5 inches, no shoulders, round tip slightly down, the taper to the handle is very gradual. The monogram is on top and seems crowded into the width available. I can find practically no touchmarks in my references which show only on initial.
Any ideas?
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iconnumber posted 05-01-2000 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that the mark is a variant used by Marcus Merriman while working in partnership with Zebul Bradley (c 1813-1817). It is shown in Belden, flanked by a pair of psuedohallmarks: a federal eagle and a sheaf of wheat. I have a fork with the identical M shown, but flanked by a pair of eagles and three teaspoons with the same M flanked by stars. I suspect there were more versions; an M alone seems reasonable.

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