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  1. #1
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    1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Thought this find deserved a post of it's own.
    have found many pieces of old pewter flatware at Cob Cove,
    was always intrigued by the similarity of some of the pieces,
    Well, when I found a mostly intact spoon with a Bust and script I was hoping I'd be able to get some info about them.
    It is a King William III Pewter Spoon, made in Boston Ma, CA 1700.
    Have handles and bowls from 3 others previously dug from the vicinity.
    Note bust images on all 4 handles
    Very interesting link below about these spoons history and someone purchasing an original mold and making new spoons! (I contacted him, his do not have the 'A1'
    on the back of the handle)
    Why did I spend all this time digging these when I could purchase a shiny new one for $20
    http://www.gibsonpewter.com/blog/201...iam-iii-spoon/
    http://www.pewterbank.com/Spoons_..articles..13.pdf
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  3. #2
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    This must've been one amazing spoon when it was made 300+ years ago!
    I bet the person who lost it cried when they found it was missing!

    Dave
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    Metal Detectorists finds, are the background noise of antiquity!
    Don't question it . . . just dig it!

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    Hi Dave,
    What I think happened is that the waterfront inn that was operating there at the time used these spoons, and as they broke, they were discarded out the window.
    There is still a building on the original foundation that comes out over the water on pilings.
    congrats on your first Silver
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    Very nice William pewter spoon , 1700 8)
    Where Ever You Go , There You Are

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    One of the cooler finds posted this year Your year end post will be great

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    I just added that spoon to my wish list Herbie. We find a few pewter buttons in CS camps and some melted pieces where soldiers threw pewter items into campfires. You just never know what to expect when you go hunting there Herbie. HH, Quindy.
    Everyone will make a good find on occasion. The challenge is to find CW relics consistently.

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    That is some great pewter there Herbie. The King William is super and the rat tails are nice too!

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    Herbie,
    No doubt a early spoon & frags with the rat tail on the back of the bowl.Looks like you've done your home work on it though so I won't have to go dig Info out. I've found quite a few old pewter spoon parts & to have one with that much design still left or any design at all is a Fantastic find!But hey what can I say I'm a spoon man myself. I was going to pass you the torch with the video Iron Patch left in my post but it no longer plays.
    Take Care Herbie & Keep with your ways.
    Pete,
    Them Colonials​Can't Hide Nowhere Now!

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    Awesome spoon Herbie.
    Congrats,
    Doug
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Oldest U.S.copper-1847 Large cent *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button *Eagle Sword Belt Plate

  11. #10
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Thanks for all your replies!
    I'm seeing the bust on the 3 other handle fragments also.
    looks like one may have a slightly different 'Dognose' but I think all of these are William IIIs.
    Best digs to Everyone
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Very Kool!!! Congrats. Hogge
    1783 CFT. KG III 1/2 Penny (25-83A)-1 of 3 known *Sold $3,750, Vermont Landscape Coppers Ryder 6 *Sold $760, Ryder7 (Avatar)** Sold $1,275*,1st Batt Royal Artillery Cartridge Box Sling Belt Tip* SOLD $1,583*,(3)- GW Inaugural Buttons-2-Cobb# 17-J.* Sold both--$405 and $400. *GW Button Cobb 17-I-*Sold $316- New Jersey Copper M14-J Sold $125- Continental Army Button *Sold $800.....To be continued

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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon

    Quote Originally Posted by Timekiller
    Herbie,
    No doubt a early spoon & frags with the rat tail on the back of the bowl.Looks like you've done your home work on it though so I won't have to go dig Info out. I've found quite a few old pewter spoon parts & to have one with that much design still left or any design at all is a Fantastic find!But hey what can I say I'm a spoon man myself. I was going to pass you the torch with the video Iron Patch left in my post but it no longer plays.
    Take Care Herbie & Keep with your ways.
    Pete,
    Thanks TK,
    Always good to hear from a fellow 'Spoonman',
    I love them in any & all condition and metals.
    one of my favorites (bought item, $10 )

    "Feel the rhythm with your Hands, Steal the Rhythm while you can"

    One of my favorites. CC RIP.
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Super finds, the whole one to go along with the pieces of others will make one fine display! Never saw spoons like that and you found a nice hunk of history, congrats.

    Don
    "The mantra has always been don't clean a (copper) coin or it will lose value.
    For undug coins this is true. For dug coins this is untrue.
    The value will increase with judicious cleaning."

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    Those are some great early colonial artifacts!

    I just love early pewter cutlery, and yours are some great examples. I'd love to find some with the markings that yours have. Below are some pics of a few pieces of early cutlery I've been fortunate to dig around southeast VA, and nearly all of them came from my favorite creekfront site. Not sure how early these date to, but I'm guessing early-to-mid 1700s. The site goes back to the mid-1600s. Thanks for posting your great looking spoons.
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Wow,Very nice Bill. Herbie,you may consider urathane on them pieces before they start falling to pieces,cause I'm sure they will now that there out the water at least mine started to.Here's some I've urathaned & some I need too.
    Take Care,
    Pete,
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    Re: Those are some great early colonial artifacts!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA)
    I just love early pewter cutlery, and yours are some great examples. I'd love to find some with the markings that yours have. Below are some pics of a few pieces of early cutlery I've been fortunate to dig around southeast VA, and nearly all of them came from my favorite creekfront site. Not sure how early these date to, but I'm guessing early-to-mid 1700s. The site goes back to the mid-1600s. Thanks for posting your great looking spoons.
    Those are some really incredible cutlery finds there Bill!
    Thanks for showing them to us!

    Dave

    My passion is hunting relic sites, as I feel the imprint of past lives often lingers there!
    Metal Detectorists finds, are the background noise of antiquity!
    Don't question it . . . just dig it!

  18. #17
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Greetings Bill,
    Did you straighten that handle, or are they different spoons?
    This metal is usually extremely brittle.
    The 'Dognose' style handle (your intact spoon) is from around 1700,
    the 'Fiddle' shapes became popular later.
    here's a good site for getting dates.
    http://www.pewterbank.com/Spoons_..articles..13.pdf
    Great collection of early pewter you got!
    Best digs to You! Herbie.
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    Re: 1700 William III Pewter Spoon & pieces from 3 others!

    Timekiller,
    Thanks for that urethane advice, I went through my collection of foldered 'Good' finds the other day and was sorely dissappointed at the deterioration of some items.
    Nice collection of old pewter you have! Best digs to You, Herbie
    Desire is oft more pleasant than acquisition
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