A George III Antique Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon Made by Joseph Taylor 1811

GBP 385.00

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Object Description

This rare Antique Sterling Silver Caddy Spoon is modelled as a horse hoof. The bowl of the spoon has a raised pierced gallery and is engraved with very unusual prick dot designs. The handle is also decorated with foliate design. The Spoon is in excellent condition and is very well marked on the reverse of the handle. Length: 2.75 inches, 6.88cm. Weight 0.18 troy oz, 5.9 grams

Object Literature

Tea, when it first arrived in any quantities in Georgian England, was a luxury commodity, commanding very high prices. It was grown on plantations in China, India, and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), transported across the oceans, and sold in small quantities by specialist importers. Its trade was a monopoly of the East India Company, and high taxes – 119% until 1784 – made it even more prohibitively expensive. In households that could afford it, tea was kept in a locked caddy, along with almost equally precious sugar, and the lady of the house kept the key. The caddy spoon, is a practical tool for measuring the tea into the teapot, became, by the late eighteenth century, an equally expensive and covetable item, usually made from silver or Old Sheffield Plate. As gifts caddy spoons were ideal, as they could be of any pattern, and did not have to match the silver cutlery on the table.

Object Condition

Good

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