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iconnumber posted 08-11-2021 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonder if anyone might know who EJ is. On a 9.25" serving spoon.

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iconnumber posted 08-12-2021 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shoulder development is discussed in this thread and from that discussion your spoon could date well within the 18th century. The form of the mark would also seem to me to be early.
I do not know who EJ is but the line between the bottom of the E and the top of the J suggests that the die may have been broken. Maybe EJ only used the broken mark briefly and switched to a new mark where he spelled out his name in full. You may want to look for a silversmith in the late 1700s with the initials EJ.

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2021 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ahwt - thank you for the reply and information. I was thinking, based on my limited experience, that the spoon was made in the 1810-20 time frame. I know that shoulders appeared in England in the mid-late 1700's, but didn't think they were here at that time. I'd like for this to be that old.

There is a silversmith(?) listed in Kovels named Ephraim Jackson who worked in Phil. from 1813-1817 - but no mark is shown.

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2021 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The attribution to Ephraim Jackson came from Brix. Also Brix identifies Ephraim Jackson as a silverplater and I am not really sure what the term silverplater meant when that book was written.
I did not see any reference to Jackson in Hollan's book on Philadelphia silver. Wish we had access to Brix's notes as to where that name came from as that does look like a good lead.

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2021 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The attribution came from various city directories, which distinguished betwee goldsmiths, silversmiths, and silverplaters. There is a transcription of the 1814 directory on my site where he and others are listed: 1814.

These workers were undoubtedly producing some version of Old Sheffield Plate for use by finished goods manufacturers.

I seriously doubt there is any connection with your EJ maker and Mr. Jackson, though I can offer no alternate possibilities.

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