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Hello Jim, I have a coin silver serving spoon, approx.  8 7/8 in. long, I believe to be dated between 1831 - 1837, stamped "Gorham & Webster" on the back, and has "Todd Edwards" engraved on the front of the handle. I have attached pictures of the spoon. I was wondering if there's anyway to determine if this may have belonged to Elizabeth Todd Edwards, Mary Todd Lincoln's sister? Any information and help you can provide is deeply appreciated. Thanks!

Hi, Mary.

Your analysis of the date window appears correct since Gorham & Webster existed during that time.

I honestly have no idea about the owner. I suggest you contact a Lincoln museum curator. Perhaps he or she can point you in the right direction.

Sorry I could not help.

Best wishes,


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