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iconnumber posted 06-19-2018 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would it be correct to assume that most fiddle coin silver spoons made after 1820 without decorated drops are machine made? Most of them look very similar excepting for slight variations and it almost appears that some machine punched them out and then a silversmith or retailer would put their name on them.

Is that correct or did they actually make them by hand?

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iconnumber posted 06-19-2018 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
William Gale patented a process in 1826 for making spoons and my understanding is his firm became the dominant manufacturer of spoons for some time after that. I am away from my books now, but will try to come up with some more information.
As I recall his method related to a drop press that mechanized the manufacture of spoons.

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iconnumber posted 06-21-2018 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A lot of them indeed look machine made. I think the only real way to know is to look for the tell tale signs of being hand wrought. (hammer marks on the bottom of the bowl, etc)

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2018 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is some more information about William Gale. This is from the book "Silver in America 1840-1940" by Charles L Venable. I highly recommend this book if you do not already have it.

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