Six dessert spoons, circa 1845, marked “Stewart” for George
W. Stewart of Lexington, KY. According
to Marquis Boultinghouse’s Silversmiths
of Kentucky, 1785-1900, the Lexington Observer
and Reporter carried the following advertisement on April 4, 1846:
The subscriber has on hand and is
manufacturing / Forks and Spoons of new and beautiful patterns / and guarantees
the silver to be equal to the French / and Spanish standards, which he will
sell as low as / can be purchased in the Eastern cities of the same / quality
of silver. Also manufacturing Tea Sets,
/ Pitchers, Cups, etc. of the best workmanship and / patterns.
I have on hand a fine assortment of genuine / M.I. TOBIAS and Wm.
Robinson’s make of
which I will sell low, and warrant
to be good / time keepers. Strict
attention paid to the Repairing of Watches.
Every description of ENGRAVING neatly executed.
1 Cheapside, Lex.
It’s clear from Stewart’s
advertisements and the silver that bears his mark that he was manufacturing
much of the silver that he was also retailing.
These spoons, being typical of well-weighted silver found with Kentucky
and Tennessee maker marks, are in that category.
These spoons measure 7 inches in
length, have a period “H” script monogram and are in very good condition.