Antique Charles II Sealtop Silver Spoon

Date: Circa 1661

Maker: Stephen Venables

Country: England

Stock Number: 9086

An early English period sterling silver spoon with a fig shape bowl and double baluster seal terminal. The seal end has the original gilt finish (worn) with prick dot initials "IW". Initial "R" to the reverse of the bowl. Weight 42 grams, 1.3 troy ounce. Length 17.1cm. Bowl 6.5x5cm. London circa 1661. Maker Stephen Venables, a leading spoon maker of the period.
Table silver of this date was stamped with "up the handle" silver marks and it is not unusual that marks punched on the thin central part of the handle stamps are distorted or badly struck and difficult to read.

Literature: Early English silver spoons can date from the early 16th century and the most popular form of cast terminal was the seal top spoon. This takes its name from the fact that the baluster (originating as a gothic column in Tudor architecture) is topped by a circular disc, which often bore the engraved initials of the owners.

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