Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Including a set of three tablespoons with mark of John Bishop of Wheeling (active 1839-1860), period "P" monogram (8.5 in.); one tablespoon with the mark of Michael Melhorn of Harpers Ferry, circa 1830, period "CL" monogram (8.75 in.); one tablespoon with mark of James Meredith of Winchester, VA, period monogram "SW" (8 7/8 in.) (wear to bowl); and a salt spoon with mark of Artemas O. Fairchild of Wheeling (active circa 1839-1855), period "WEB" monogram.
8.55 total troy oz.The Lifelong Collection of Keith and Caroline Gray, Charlotte, NC.
Keith and Caroline Gray were passionate about antiques, art, and history. Together they attended antique shows and auctions for decades – assembling a collection particularly strong on American coin silver, Asian art, historical documents, early images, and English ceramics. Both were longtime supporters of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, with Caroline serving in multiple capacities from docent to a member of the acquisitions board and trustee. Caroline translated her love of material culture into a successful career, becoming a certified property appraiser in Charlotte.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has a tablespoon with Melhorne's mark and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has a tablespoon with Bishop's mark.
Good estate condition.