A very large and heavy coin silver serving spoon, made by Alexander Young, working in Camden, South Carolina about 1807-1815

A very large coin silver serving spoon, made by Alexander Young, working in Camden, South Carolina about 1807-1815, initialed on the tip “M A B”, in script


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DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT/MARKS: This spoon measures almost 12″ and weights an impressive 4.19 troy ounces. It bears the touch-mark, in a serrated rectangle “A. Young” with no pseudo hallmarks.

NOTES/ABSTRACT: Alexander Young immigrated to the Colonies from his native  Country, Scotland {Fifeshire}, as a very young man. He worked very briefly as a silversmith in Baltimore, where he undoubtedly was influenced by the Neoclassical styles that permeated that city in virtually all forms of furniture and decorative arts during the Federal or Neoclassical periods. While there, he married Elizabeth Rowe. Young was in Camden, South Carolina no later than the year 1807.

CONDITION: Excellent with surprisingly very little wear.  Heavy. No repairs.

SHOWN ABOVE: A truly remarkable American coin-silver creamer, quite possibly unique, made by Alexander Young, silversmith in Camden, South Carolina (w. 1807~1856), bearing Young’s touch-mark, about 1815. Fashioned in the newly emerging Neoclassical style, this coin-silver creamer was discovered in the United Kingdom. Other than this creamer and a trowel made by Alexander Young that was presented to the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825 during his tour of South Carolina, no other piece of coin- silver hollow-ware made by Young has ever been recorded.

Lafayette first came to the newly emerging Republic in 1824-1825, after first landing on the beach just slightly North of Georgetown, South Carolina~an area we now know as “DeBordieu”, a phrase [or words] which loosely translate from French to English to mean “Land of God”. The coin-silver trowel, made by Young, which was subsequently  presented to the Marquis Lafayette is now in the permanent collection of “The Charleston Museum”, Charleston, South Carolina. 

PROVENANCE/HISTORY: This coin-silver creamer, shown above, Ex-Chicora Antiques, L.L.C.  was sold and acquired by “The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation”. now part of their permanent collections.


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