An early English period sterling silver spoon with a fig shape bowl and apostle terminal with Holy Dove nimbus. Weight 36 grams, 1 troy ounce. Length 17 cm. Bowl 5.5 x 4.3 cm. London circa 1657. Maker Stephen Venables, a leading spoon maker of the period.
Biography – Stephen Venables, London silversmith, b,1613/14-d.1683. Venables completed his apprenticeship to Daniel Cary and became free in 1640. A notable spoonmaker.
Signed – 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. From c.1780 onwards the Assay Office stamped table silver near the top of the stem as opposed to on the stem just below the bowl, and hallmarks are generally much clearer because there is more space on which to strike them.