Serving Spoon

Serving Spoon

Artist: Made by Silas T. Toncray
Type: Coin silver (900 parts per 1000 pure silver)
Year: c. 1824-1829
Size/Dimensions: Length: 8.875"
Origin: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Hollenberg
Accession Number: 94.20.2

The spoon is die-stamped S.T.T" in a rectangle for Silas T. Toncray. Although born in Maryland, Toncray and his family moved to Shelbyville, Kentucky, sometime before 1815. The men of the family were accomplished silversmiths, a trade young Silas Toncray would master in short notice. Historical research documents Toncray as a clock and watchmaker, silversmith, jeweler, and engraver, not to mention his ministerial duties with the Regular Baptist Church in Little Rock, according to the July 6, 1824 Arkansas Gazette. He lived in Memphis between the years 1836 - 1847. Silas was pioneer Little Rock settler Maria Toncray Watkin"s brother.

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Serving Spoon