Antique Paul Revere Silver Spoons
Antique Paul Revere Silver Spoons are original antique pieces of silverware produced by the legendary American silversmith Paul Revere.
The name of Paul Revere is synonymous amongst experts and collectors with high quality silverware, and in particular is associated with his famous silver spoons. Revere was born on 1st January 1735 in Boston, Massachusetts, and died on 10th May 1818.
Brief history and description
As one of thirteen siblings, he trained as a silversmith, working in apprenticeship to his father, who was employed in the same trade. At the age of nineteen, the young Revere took over the family trade following the death of his father. Operating from his workshop in Boston, he also played a significant part in the American Revolutionary War, first as a lookout, and later as an officer at an ill-fated battle.
Following the Revolution, he returned to his original craft, and is highly regarded for his skills. His spoons have also taken on a dual worth to collectors, due to his enduring status as an American patriot, which has earned him the nicknames ‘Messenger of the Revolution’ or ‘Mercury of the Revolution’.
Later in life, Revere transferred from his silversmith trade to dabble in other professions, amongst them dentistry, copperplate engraving, illustrating for books and magazines, and owning a home goods shop. He also went on to manufacture ship building supplies and church bells, before becoming the owner of one of the first copper mills in the United States.
Guide for collectors
Today, Paul Revere’s silver spoons are considered as highly collectable, with many being kept for several generations as family heirlooms. Depending on the condition and quantity of the spoons in question, they can fetch high prices at auction, with some selling for thousands of dollars.
As well as searching through specialist and mainstream auction houses, prospective collectors are advised to seek the spoons at online auctioneers such as Ebay, where former collectors may decide to sell their own spoons for less money than would be found at conventional auction houses. In order to ascertain the authenticity of a Paul Revere spoon, collectors are also advised to look out for the ‘REVERE’ etching on the item, and if in doubt, should seek specialist advice before purchasing.
Notable auction sales
On 21st January 2005, a set of three silver teaspoons and a bright-cut salt spoon dated from 1790, all attributed to Paul Revere, sold from Sotheby’s New York for $16,800, making them the most expensive auction purchase of their kind.
In the same price range, six small bright-cut silver spoons by Paul Revere sold for $13,000 on 18th February 2007 from Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, and two Boston silver spoons, also attributed to Revere, sold for $12, 000 on 6th January 2006 from Pook & Pook.
In the middling price-range, a silver salt spoon by Paul Revere sold for $650 on 14th February 2012 from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and a silver spoon attributed to Revere auctioned from Skinner on 18th February 2007 for $800.
The lowest price paid for a Paul Revere silver spoon is $1, for a spoon dated from 1800. the sale was made on 30th August 2009 at Early American History Auctions.