A fine and very scarce extensive coin silver dinner service, in the King’s pattern, made by the partnership of Nathaniel Hayden and his brother, H. Sidney Hayden, Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1838-1843
NOTES: Nathaniel Hayden, his brother, H. Sidney Hayden and William Gregg formed a co-partnership in 1838 under the firm named of Hayden, Gregg & Co. As noted by Milby Burton, author of the landmark book “South Carolina Silversmiths 1690-1860“, no silver has been found bearing this full title, however, a number of pieces have been documented with the touchmark “Hayden and Gregg.” Silver with this mark was produced during the years 1838-1843. After about 1849, the silver produced from the firm was marked “Hayden Co.” and later “Hayden Brother & Co.” The service presented here is stamped in a rectangle “Hayden & Gregg.” Existing long sets of southern silver are extremely rare.
The service consists of the following pieces of flatware:
Nine knives (presumed to be English)
Twelve dinner forks
Twelve luncheon forks
Ten dessert spoons
One soup spoon
CONDITION: Excellent overall with surprisingly very minor wear.
MARKS: With the exception of the knives, all pieces are stamped “Hayden & Gregg”. The script initials appear to be “CLC.”
PROVENANCE: Descended from the Carroll Estate of Charleston, South Carolina.
SOLD TO THE TRADE
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