Object Description

Channel Islands silver. A good English provincial silver spoon with a trefid terminal and rat-tail bowl. Dessert size. The spoon has a very attractive hand hammered finish. Weight 33 grams, 1 troy ounces. Length 18.5 cm. Bowl 6.75 x 4.25 cm. Makers mark “TM” within a rectangle for Thomas Mauger. Circa 1730.

Biography – Thomas Mauger (father of George) married Marie Le Dain. Their son George was baptised on 12th February 1750. He became a most prolific silversmith in Jersey.

Object Literature

In Medieval times personal eating implements were highly prized. Knives were displayed on the person in an ornate sheath. Spoons were part of formal dress for all social classes. Guests were expected to bring their own cutlery to a meal.

Before the 18th century the only items of table silver made in any quantity were spoons. Silver forks are rare prior to the 18th century. It is unusual to find sets of table silver dating earlier than the late 18th century.

Object Condition

This attractive antique spoon is in good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped on the reverse with the makers mark only which is typical of Channel Islands silver. Original hammered finish.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

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