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nautilusjv

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello everyone and belated Happy New Year!

I recently acquired an Aesthetic coin silver engraved serving spoon by N G Wood & Son from Boston who was in business from c.1871 to 1922. The son's name was Albert. They were makers and retailers of sterling flatware and jewelry and also made silverplate holloware. My serving spoon measures 8.25" in length. The stem is engraved with a bird with a geometric design above. The bowl has a fluted edge and is gold washed and engraved with a bird and foliage and a geometric band that transverses the space. It is marked on the reverse "N G Wood & Son" and "Coin". My guess is it dates to the 1870's. I thought this piece was interesting as well as pretty in how it showed a relatively small silversmith (or was Wood a big concern?) was responding to the Aesthetic currents of the time and made their own example of the current artistic mood. Any thoughts or any greater information on this silversmith much appreciated.

Thanks! Kelly

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wev
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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nathaniel Goodwin Wood and his sons Albert, Frederick, and Arthur ran a large and prosperous Boston store for many years. They produced much of their own silver and were noted for the quality of their engraving, especially in the Aesthetic taste.

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nautilusjv

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you wev for that information. I will keep on a look out for other Aesthetic pieces by Wood. I am quite enamored with my new spoon.

wev those trade cards of Wood that you posted years ago are fab.

Cheers!
Kelly

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's very pretty--I love the engraving and the shape of the bowl.

I bet you're right that it's from the early days of the firm, since it's coin rather than sterling.

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wev
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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Possibly, but keep in mind that "Coin" stayed around as a grade standard until the 1907 sterling act (and probably after that). I have several pieces of coin flatware that I know date to the mid 1880s, which is the height of the Aesthetic movement. The firm had been going for two decades by that time.

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nautilusjv

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2017 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very good point to remember. Thanks wev.

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dragonflywink

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.900 'coin' was and still is the second standard according to the National Gold and Silver Stamping Act of 1906. As an added note, the act does not require that precious metal items must be marked, only that if marked, they must be up to the standard marked, with a 1961 amendment requiring that a registered maker's mark must accompany the standard mark. There were also minor amendments in 1970 and 1976...

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nautilusjv

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2017 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nautilusjv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Cheryl. Very interesting. Kelly

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Vetdaddy

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Very nice. Coin silver may have hung around until or beyond the 1907 silver act, but that level of engraving is from a by-gone era. I may be wrong, but I would be surprised if any post 1900 silver was marked "coin" as markets were demanding sterling.

Not to hijack this thread, but has anyone seen silver marked "coin" that could be documented as post 1900?

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nautilusjv

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That would be an interesting project Vetdaddy and a hard one too.

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Trefid

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Thanks so much, WEV, for the info that N.G. Wood and Son were makers as well as retailers. I've recatalogued 10 engraved patterns because of that info. The unmarked ones have distinctive bowls or similar engraving, so I'm going with a gut feeling about them.

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