This is a precious pair of highly collectible baby spoons dating from the 1890's.
They were manufactured by Simpson, Hall, and Miller, a company that existed for only 3 short years. Both pieces are rendered in lustrous sterling silver and are in very good condition.
Antique baby spoons like these often had curved handles; this helped mom's feed those particularly squirmy babies.
There are several maker's marks on the underside of the handle near the bowl.
The first is the Simpson, Hall and Miller Company's traditional hallmark (a knight's head over a circle containing a capital "S"). This mark is followed by another which reads "Sterling Pat'd".
One of the spoons is in slightly better condition than the other, though a good polishing will make them both shine. We prefer to leave polishing to the buyer.
Though each spoon shows some minor surface scratching and oxidization, they remain in good condition overall, particular when you consider their age.
We were thrilled to find these pieces with the classic Simpson, Hall and Miller mark. Fully hallmarked pieces like this one are rare due to the company's short-lived existence.
The company was founded in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1895. Only three years later, in 1898, the company was absorbed into International Silver.
Besides just being precious and lovely, these antique baby spoons would be a truly rare and unusual addition to your collection.
Measurements: Both spoons measure 3 1/8" long, loop is 1" wide, Handle is ¼"-5/8" wide, Bowl of spoon is 1 5/8" long and 1 ¼" wide, 20.5 grams (each) Total weight of set: 41 grams (1.45 oz)
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