Paul Revere, Jr. Handmade & Hallmarked "PR" Coin Silver Spoon in Beautiful Original Condition having Sharp Details
(PAUL REVERE, JR.) (1735-1818). Famous American Silversmith of Boston, Patriot of the Revolutionary War Era Massachusetts, Son of Liberty and Mason who made the historic "Paul Revere's Ride" warning Lexington & Concord that "The British are Coming!"
This original, ornately engraved and decorated Large Coin Silver Tablespoon was made by the famous Paul Revere, Jr. (1735-1818) in Boston around 1790, Choice Extremely Fine. It measures a large 8.25" in length, the elongated oval bowl portion being 3 inches and has a slightly oval down turned handle with Revere's engraved, bright-cut decorations fully along the top peripheries with a central "Star-Burst" pendant under hand-engraved initials "D B". Paul Revere's famous maker's mark is stamped, "P R" in italics is sharply hallmarked and properly located on the underside as usual. This is a very nice clean beautifully crafted example of this scarce original authentic 18th century Paul Revere hallmarked silver. The maker's mark: "P R" in italics with bullet between the letters is extremely sharp in strike and clearly seen in detail having only light wear. This same mark as observed used on other examples by Patriot Boston Paul Revere, being a period tablespoon c. 1790-1800. Compared examples dating from 1780's through 1790's marked with same punch, illustration photographically in Flynt & Fales: Heritage Foundation Collection etc.". A similar yet smaller example we offered of a Paul Revere, Jr. Hallmarked Silver Spoon was in our EAHA Auction of June 10, 2006, Lot 146, measuring 5.75" long and grading Very Fine, which sold for $14,700. In 2007 we sold a slightly larger Paul Revere hallmarked Coin Silver Tablespoon, about this same size, which brought $14,000. Another example of this Script style "P R" hallmarked small Teaspoon was sold in our EAHA Auction, August 26, 2016, Lot 140 graded Very Fine, which brought $7,800. More recently a similar quality small Teaspoon sold in our EAHA Auction of August 30, 2018, Lot 1050 graded Choice Extremely Fine, which brought $9,600. This Script "P R" hallmark punch is identified in the book, "Handbook of American Silver and Pewter Marks" by C. Jordan Thorn, page 171, under the header "Revere, Paul 1735-1818" with the stylized drawing of this punch shown. It is also identified in the reference: "Paul Revere, Goldsmith 1735-1818" by Kathryn Buhler, by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated for punch mark design type as shown illustrated on page 64, noted as "Mark 8." This current example appears superior in sharpness and quality to the example shown. Overall, a highly attractive and important opportunity for Paul Revere, Jr. and early American Silver collectors. A rare opportunity to acquire a classic, historic piece of Paul Revere, Jr. hand-engraved and hallmarked American Silver.
Paul Revere, Jr. (1734-1818), the son of French Hugenot immigrant Apollos de Revoire (Anglicized to Paul Revere, Sr.). Though a prominent silversmith in his day, Revere is, of course, best remembered for his partriotic endeavors and his famed "midnight ride".