WASHINGTON, DC AND NEW YORK COIN SILVER SPOONS, LOT OF EIGHT, comprising two tea spoons and a sauce ladle with tipped back fiddle handle marked "VILLARD" for Richard H. L. Villard (1792-1849, active c. 1833-1835) and engraved "Lee" to handle; two teaspoons with tipped forward fiddle handles hallmarked with "S" in circle flanked by a six-point star and an oak leaf, for Joseph Seymour (active c. 1835-1863), and marked "W. E. WILLIAMS"; a teaspoon with tipped forward fiddle handle marked "M. W. GALT & BRO." (active 1847-1879); and two teaspoons with rounded end arched handles, marked "S. RICHARDS" most likely for Stephen Richards (active c. 1815-1825), and engraved to the handles "A. H." Each with monogram, except Villard and S. Richards examples. Total weight: 4.6 ozt. Most mid 19th century. 5 3/8" to 6 1/8" L. Provenance: From an Alexandria, VA private collection. Catalogue Note: The Villard family had a strong connection to Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. It is believed that Richard Villard was named after Richard Henry Lee. Richard's father, Andre Joseph Villard, was a French émigré who settled in Westmoreland Co. and did work for, and on Stratford Hall, then the residence of "Light Horse" Harry Lee. However, all recorded silver of this branch of the Lee family is not marked with the name, but rather with the family crest. It is certainly possible that this is from another branch of the prominent Virginia family.
Very good condition overall; some with slight bending to handles, S. Richards example with dents to spoon bowl.