Pair of Teaspoons
MARK: Each spoon struck on reverse of handle with an incuse “E. J. JOHNSTON&CO.” mark and an intaglio “MACON GEO.” mark in a rectangular reserve.
MAKER: Edmund J. Johnston (d.1892) was a member of the Macon, Georgia firm W. B. Johnston & Brother (with William Blackstone Johnston) from 1845 to 1849. Beginning in 1850 he advertised independently as E. J. Johnston, selling watches and jewelry in Macon until about 1865. He is recorded in an 1870 Macon real estate transaction. He died intestate in 1892. See George Barton Cutten, “The Silversmiths of Georgia” (Savannah, GA: Pigeonhole Press, 1958) and entry for Edmond J. Johnston on “Sterling Flatware Fashions” (online: http://sterlingflatwarefashions.com/Silversmiths/SSJ3.html [accessed 20 September 2017]).
FORM: By the nineteenth century, spoons were crafted for such specific purposes as serving salt and sugar (salt spoons), food items (serving spoons), punch and soup (ladles), and for stirring tea or coffee and/or eating custard or ice cream (teaspoons).