Presented is a fabulous group of 7 English Georgian sterling and Britannia silver spoons. These spoons all date to the early 1700s, and though they are from a variety of makers they are all from London. Six of the spoons have a classic rat-tail design to the back of the bowl.
The remaining spoon, which is dated 1739 and is the latest spoon in the group, has a shell decoration to the back of the bowl. Nonetheless, the spoons match fairly well as a set, especially viewed with the bowl turned face up, as in the first photo, as all the spoons have rounded handles with an upward turn to the tip.
All the spoons except for one have a monogram or crest engraved on the handle. One has EG, one has a marriage style monogram of IA beneath W, one has a crest of a lion or dragon's head, one has a marriage monogram of BE beneath B, one has ER, one has HM beneath I, and the remaining spoon has had its monogram removed. The spoons are laid out in the photos such that the stems, with their hallmarks, are beneath the tip, so you can see which monogram goes with which set of hallmarks. All the spoons are well made from thick, heavy gauge silver, with a nice feeling of weight in the hand. The set is in great overall condition.The spoons have no splits, no dents, no breaks, and no repairs. The spoon without a monogram currently has had its monogram removed at some point in the past, while the rest of the spoons currently have monograms.
This list is in the order of the spoons in the photos of their marks, although some marks appear upside down because all the spoons are being held the same direction. One spoon has the lion's head erased for London, the maker's mark possibly of Benjamin Watts circa 1698, and the other two marks present but too worn to read clearly. One spoon has the Britannia mark for 958 purity silver, the lion's head erased for the city of London, the date letter for 1713, and a maker's mark of BU beneath a star, for Thomas Burridge. One spoon has the Britannia mark for 958 purity silver, the lion's head erased for London, the date letter B for 1717 and the maker's mark for possibly for Richard Watts. One spoon has the lion passant for sterling silver, the date letter F for 1721, a distorted leopard's head crowned stamp, and a maker's mark that is too worn to read.
One spoon has the lion passant for sterling silver, the leopard's head crowned for the city of London, but the two remaining marks are too obscured to read, I can see part of a date letter but not enough to make out. The spoon with a shell decoration has the lion passant for sterling silver, the leopard's head crowned for the city of London, the date letter d for 1739, and a maker's mark of IS, possibly for John Spencer or John Spackman II.
The remaining spoon has stamps that are distorted, but the Britannia mark and the lion's head erased are legible, with part of another mark, likely a maker's mark. The longest spoon is about 8 1/2 inches long. The shortest is about 7 5/8 inches long.
The total weight for the set is 387 grams or 13.7 regular ounces. Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U. The seller is "robertcharlessilver" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.