Worn with use, the handles shown above still reveal a precious beauty. “The term coin silver is misunderstood,” says Erik Voss, a collector and researcher in Fullerton, California. Coin denoted that the piece met the coin standard of .900, but with only one assay office—the Baltimore Assay Office—in the country, the variations among manufacturers were great.
Text Amy Cates
Styling Lindsay Kessler
For more information on treasured collectibles, see “Silver Spoons” on page 28 of the September/October 2008 issue of Victoria.