I took a closer look at the spoons I bought and noticed a few unusual details about them. First of all, when I checked the maker’s mark, which was Hatting, Meyer and Warne, there were only two pieces made by this company that I could find.
One is an elaborate silver pitcher which I found on 1st Dibs. The other piece of this silver is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Both descriptions indicate that the pieces were made in the late 1850’s and early 1860’s. The one small piece of information that I gleaned from the descriptions is that the company was based in Philadelphia.
The other unusual detail about these spoons is the shape of the bowl. All of the bowls are slightly misshapen and angle to the right. I wonder if that could be a combination of soft metal and someone eating from them the same way for more than 150 years. Since the shapes aren’t identical, they probably weren’t made that way. What you can’t see very well is that there’s a tiny lip at the angled side of the bowl.The spoons are very light-weight and not the heavier hotel or coin silver that you see.
My friend Yonks said that the monogram is probably M.A.I. which leads me to believe that there’s no name change in my future!
I’d love to hear your speculation as to why the bowls of the spoon are angled!