Show me your best silver utensil?

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This was one of my first fines with a bounty hunter I got a screaming signal and I made a plug very clayey and I couldn’t find it so I got disgusted and laughed and when I went to put my shovel in the trunk they had a chunk of clay on the shovel and on the very outside of the smooth clay I saw a silver “S” like it was this 1901-1911 baby silver spoon
 

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very unique find. Here's my best utensil. Found at a grade school close to road and not too deep. I imagine some child took it to school, and was using to dig and play in dirt - then left it behind. But who knows?
 

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very unique find. Here's my best utensil. Found at a grade school close to road and not too deep. I imagine some child took it to school, and was using to dig and play in dirt - then left it behind. But who knows?
Is that a Spoon?
 

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Is that a Spoon?
yes, I believe it is a grapefruit spoon. It is very heavy weight so it won't slide off table on ship at sea. I believe the eagle symbol indicates higher rank of officer but not sure how high in Navy.
 
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yes, I believe it is a grapefruit spoon. It is very heavy weight so it won't slide off table on ship at sea. I believe the eagle symbol indicates higher rank of officer but not sure how high in Navy.
It is beautiful and unique to what I’ve seen. Congratulations on that piece
 

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Well mine won't be as exciting as some but my best is this silver spoon. Found it in my families field I was heading back from a hunt after finding nothing basically gave up and was just swinging not paying much attention. When I get a loud high tone in a place in the field where there is never anything. I'm just thinking eh soda can, but then I see silver shine and found this neat plow beat silver spoon.
 

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This was one of my first fines with a bounty hunter I got a screaming signal and I made a plug very clayey and I couldn’t find it so I got disgusted and laughed and when I went to put my shovel in the trunk they had a chunk of clay on the shovel and on the very outside of the smooth clay I saw a silver “S” like it was this 1901-1911 baby silver spoon
That's a really neat one Truth. Blows mine away in my opinion. I like the ones that have a bit more character to them.
 

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It is beautiful and unique to what I’ve seen. Congratulations on that piece
Thanks! It's like no other utensil I've ever dug. Rest have been burnt offerings.
 

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Matched set of gilded sterling silver berry spoons, London England, circa 1801, George III portrait stamped on back of each. Found in trash in NYC, Halloween night 2018. My oldest positively dated matched set of spoons. The etchings on the handles are a later (likely Victorian-era) addition that actually detracts from their value. But I like the fact they're from the Napoleonic Era and no doubt were handled by aristocrats chatting away about the wars in Europe at the time. These spoons were part of a hoard of nearly 100 historic silver articles I found in one massive discovery.
 
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Matched set of gilded sterling silver berry spoons, London England, circa 1801, George III portrait stamped on back of each. Found in trash in NYC, Halloween night 2018. My oldest positively dated matched set of spoons. The etchings on the handles are a later (likely Victorian-era) addition that actually detracts from their value. But I like the fact they're from the Napoleonic Era and no doubt were handled by aristocrats chatting away about the wars in Europe at the time. These spoons were part of a hoard of nearly 100 historic silver articles I found in one massive discovery.
Holy ghost? That is the most beautiful set of spoons I’ve ever seen thank you for showing them that is early early extraordinarily beautiful spoons
 
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Well mine won't be as exciting as some but my best is this silver spoon. Found it in my families field I was heading back from a hunt after finding nothing basically gave up and was just swinging not paying much attention. When I get a loud high tone in a place in the field where there is never anything. I'm just thinking eh soda can, but then I see silver shine and found this neat plow beat silver spoon.
What a great story I appreciate that have you ever had the urge to straighten it out? It’s beautiful like it is but man if you can get it straight. It’s easier with silver
 
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very unique find. Here's my best utensil. Found at a grade school close to road and not too deep. I imagine some child took it to school, and was using to dig and play in dirt - then left it behind. But who knows?
You got the best avatar on TNET
 

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What a great story I appreciate that have you ever had the urge to straighten it out? It’s beautiful like it is but man if you can get it straight. It’s easier with silver
I've thought of it but I mess stuff up. It has good history for my state aways. I believe I've been told it's from the end of the 1800s from San Francisco. Old silver is hard to come by here and this spoon wasn't a small one it's good sized. I'm just afraid I'd completely ruin a cool piece of history. Wish I knew someone that had the talent to somewhat fix it for me.
 
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I've thought of it but I mess stuff up. It has good history for my state aways. I believe I've been told it's from the end of the 1800s from San Francisco. Old silver is hard to come by here and this spoon wasn't a small one it's good sized. I'm just afraid I'd completely ruin a cool piece of history. Wish I knew someone that had the talent to somewhat fix it for me.
I would definitely try a jeweler
 

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Holy ghost? That is the most beautiful set of spoons I’ve ever seen thank you for showing them that is early early extraordinarily beautiful spoons
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Those spoons are very fancy but they're far from my favorite. This relatively humble looking spoon above is my favorite. I found this one during a dig in Manhattan and restored it back to table use, and I use it regularly. It is a Five Points spoon. Made by Andrew C. Benedict between the years 1836-1846 at 28 Bowery Manhattan in an area called the 6th Ward but known colloquially as the 'Five Points' (made famous by Herbert Asbury's book Gangs of New York, and the subsequent movie adaptation).

It is so incredibly difficult to find artifacts from this time and place as the majority of relics were excavated during the build up of lower Manhattan. (All officially known archeologically excavated Five Points artifacts that were recovered from the ground by NYC were stored and displayed in the North Tower of the WTC, the entire collection was subsequently destroyed on 9/11 apart from 2 or 3 artifacts that were on loan at the time). So I regard this spoon not only as my best spoon but perhaps my best find of all time - in regard to NYC history at least.
 
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I may do that may be worth the price for this piece I mean the repair may cost more than the piece itself but I intend to keep it anyways
I’m thinking between $15 to $20 fixing it with a jeweler
 

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