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iconnumber posted 03-25-2019 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Small shell-backed teaspoon by Benjamin Tappan.

Anyone else own something by him - perhaps with his other mark? Can't find too many examples of his work out there...

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Which other mark? This is the only one I know of that is positively attributed to him. Winterthur does have a spoon marked TAPPAN, which they give to him, but it is too late in style for his working alone years. There are at least five other Tappan's with more appropriate working dates.

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I had seen the mark "Tappan" attributed to him somewhere in my travels. Think it might have been in a book that I borrowed from the library.. or perhaps at the W. website. If this is the only known mark officially attributed to him than that is a plus as I can only find a very limited number of references for his work.

The Historic Deerfield museum in MA has about 8 pieces according to their website. A few other museums have a spoon or two - but there must be others out there somewhere. Probably tucked away in a shoebox in a closet of some folks reading this...

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