Antique Silver Trefid Spoon


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Object Description

A good antique sterling silver spoon with a trefid terminal and rat-tail bowl. Hand hammered finish. Owners initials to the front and back. Weight 51 grams, 1.6 troy ounces. Length 20 cms. Bowl 7×4.6 cms. Makers mark “IL” over a mullet, within a shield. Circa 1670.

Signed – *Up the handle marks”. On early examples of table silver when the silver marks were struck on the thin part of the stem they distorted the form of the piece and so the silversmith had to hammer this back into shape. That’s why the hallmarks are often squashed and distorted and become more easily rubbed and worn. 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.

Object Condition

This attractive antique spoon is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped on the reverse with clear “up the handle” English hallmarks typical of this early period.
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.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)207 288 1939
+44 (0)7904 297419

Dealer Location

Vault 31-32
The London Silver Vaults
53-64 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1QS

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