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Lot 85

2 Rare Campbell & Prior NC Coin Silver Spoons

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Two (2) coin silver fiddle handled teaspoons with rare mark of CAMPBELL & PRIOR in serrated rectangles, for John Campbell and Warren Prior, working in partnership 1834-1836, Fayetteville, North Carolina. 6" L. 1.12 troy ounces. Monograms GEH. Note: According to TENNESSEE SILVERSMITHS by Dr. Benjamin Caldwell (p. 54), the Scottish born John Campbell began his silversmithing career in Fayetteville, NC as apprentice to John Selph and later struck out on his own. In 1831, a fire destroyed most of Campbell's tools, and possibly as a result, he embarked on a short-lived partnership with Warren Prior. By 1836 Campbell was advertising his intent to move to Tennessee (which he did, by way of a brief stop in Cheraw, SC). He spent the rest of his life in the Nashville area, working both independently and in various partnerships, and counting President Andrew Jackson among his customers. Prior continued working in Fayetteville until he retired in 1887.


Minor scattered wear, including to monogram engraving; overall good condition.

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