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Author Topic:   Joseph Cooke, Philadelphia? New spoon, c.1790
asheland

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got this spoon on Saturday, I believe it's Joseph Cooke of Philadelphia. I cannot confirm the mark, however...

Any ideas?

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
could this be an overstruck mark ? the first letter almost looks like a T and the "pellet/heart" isn't in anything that I've readily found. It has that "cast" type look similar to a spoon that I had which was overstruck...

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May we see a closeup of the upper mark?

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott, the upper mark is exactly the same as the lower mark, just more tarnished inside, that's why I only showed the one... (it's the same punch twice)

Chris, I do not believe it's an overstrike, the mark is actually VERY small! smile

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also that cast appearance, to my knowledge, is from a slightly rusty die. You see this on some of the bust quarters, halves, etc...

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cbc58 says "It has that "cast" type look"

Without clearer closeups its very hard to tell. The mark's cartouche background does seem to have that sand cast look.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 08-05-2019 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a handsome spoon!

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2019 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Polly! smile

Indeed, under a loupe, it has that grainy look, I believe it to be from an older, rusty die used.

Unfortunately, the mark initially shown was shot through a loupe, I have no way of shooting any closer or clearer. I'm only using an iPod to take the pictures. I don't have a professional camera. frown

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 08-22-2019 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a known mark for Joseph Cooke ?

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 08-23-2019 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To my knowledge, no. But perhaps someone else knows?

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