Paul Revere tablespoons will lead Heritage Auctions at $75,000+


A set of tablespoons made by silversmith and American revolution patriot Paul Revere will highlight Heritage Auctions' eclectic June 22-23 Americana, Political Signature Auction in Dallas.

The set of six spoons, created between 1790 and 1800, are estimated to sell for $75,000+.

Paul Revere was one of the leading silversmiths of his time, but is best remembered for his midnight ride to warn Massachusetts' minutemen of the arrival of the British on April 18, 1775, the eve of the American revolutionary war.

His story is famously immortalised in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride, which was written in 1860 when America was on the verge of civil war.

Paul Revere silver tablespoons
Revere is remembered in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride, and was one of the most celebrated silversmiths of his time

The spoons, each inscribed with a monogram "DMS", were owned by prominent Massachusetts couple Daniel and Mary Turner Sargent, who were originally from Gloucester, UK, before moving to Boston in the 1770s.

In January, Christie's sold an extremely rare teapot made by Paul Revere for $230,500.

McClellan-Pendleton jugate
It's unclear why jugates from the 1860 election are so rare, as those from previous elections are readily available on the market


Also featuring in the sale is a ferrotype jugate badge, which was produced for the presidential and vice-presidential campaign of Democrats George B McClellan and George H Pendleton, who lost to Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Heritage Auctions sold a Lincoln-Johnson jugate for $50,000 in its last Americana auction. This example is expected to realised $30,000-35,000, despite being rarer than the Lincoln example - there are around seven Lincoln-Johnson jugates, while only four or five McClellan-Pendleton examples exist.

Also selling at Heritage is KFC's Colonel Sanders' white suit, an iconic piece of American cultural history that is expected to sell for $10,000-15,000.

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