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iconnumber posted 11-29-2019 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Presented is another unknown mark "WS" on an 8.75" pointed handle coin silver spoon with an attractive drop. Can't find an exact match (thought this might be William Simpkins) and wonder if anyone knows who this is by. Tks in advance.

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iconnumber posted 11-30-2019 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Patricia E. Kane in her book "Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers" shows your WS mark as one of six marks used by William Simpkins. The crossed center legs of the W seems fairly distinctive as is the somewhat lazy S.
The Kane book, like most silver books these days, is readily available at a very reasonable price in the used book market. It is a 1200+ page book and tells it all about colonial Massachusetts silversmiths.

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2019 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ahwt - thank you for the information. I was looking at the "WS" Simpkins mark online and the pics were somewhat blurred so I wasn't sure if this was him. There are a few smiths that use WS (American / English / Provincial) and I'm still trying to learn nuances of construction, dating pieces and touch marks. Wonder if there is any way to find out who his shop used for an engraver to compare other of his known engraved works marked Simpkins. That Mass. book is on my wish list for next year. Tks again.

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