This are a nice set of 3 antique coin silver teaspoons. They are 5 ¾” long and weigh in total 1.55 troy ounces. They have a mono of perhaps a G or maybe S ? They’re marked with a lion, I.T., and a ?, the mark of John Targee, New York City 1795-1807. You can see the handles are a bit bent. A nice item for a collector! See our friend’s site mentioned below for more info.
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I am an expert on early metals especially silver, after a very successful career of over 40 years as an antique dealer I am retiring and my niece is putting my stock and some of my own collection on eBay. I have sold to the major museum collections in the USA and have done appraisals for and consulted with major museums and collectors in the USA and Europe. Please see my ME page for more information.
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We don’t know much about designer jewelry, pens, watches (except early cases) etc, etc. We also are not experts in stones. So you should rely on our photos, we will always try to point out problems.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS:
Plated Silver: silver electroplate a process used from the mid-1800’s to the present day
Old Sheffield Plate: annealed silver on copper usually made before 1838.
Solid Silver: a uniform alloy of silver NOT PLATED, in my descriptions it means silver of .750 or better.
Coin Silver: a uniform alloy of silver, usually made in the USA before 1865, the standard means the same as coins, .900 fine, but in practice coin silver can very up or down considerably from this standard.
Sterling Silver: a uniform alloy of silver technically it is supposed to be .925 fine, sometimes other countries use the term for .925 or above.
French 1st standard. France made silver after 1838 in two standards: first standard is .950 fine, 2nd standard is .800 fine.
12 or 13 loth: these standards were used in Germany and Eastern European countries and are 12/16 = .750 fine and 13/16 = .813 fine respectively.
Russian 84: Russia and some Eastern European countries used a standard of 84/96 - .875 fine.
Other countries use other standards, I have dozens of books on marks, so please take my word for it.
Gold plated: electroplated gold, made after mid – 1800’s
Gold filled: more gold than plated, but still not solid gold however it does have scrap value
Sheet gold: Items made, usually before 1850, that are a sheet of gold, but may be loaded with lead or some other metal or even wax. Not solid gold, but it does have scrap value and usually has more gold that gold filled.
Tested Gold: I use 4 grades of acid to test gold 10k, 14k, 18k, 22k Gold comes in all sorts of alloys, so if it is 15k , all I can attest to is that it is more than 14k.
Tested Silver: I use silver acid, very hard to come by, your local jeweler doesn’t have it, I even had to lend some to a major smelter. Testing with silver acid is more of an art than a science, I can tell if an item is sterling or plated, but cannot tell the difference between coin .900 fine and Sterling .950. So when I say something tests Coin Silver I really mean it is solid silver, probably around .900 fine because that was the common standard at the time.
If you want to see a lot of information on many American silversmiths you should visit a friend’s site by Googling “American Silversmiths & Related Craftsmen”