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Trefid spoon

Silver

Origin: London

Date: c. 1690

17.4 cm length; 32 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, date letter illegible, Maker's mark LC, pellet between, crown above, crescent below flanked on either side by pellets, for Lawrence Coles

Bequeathed by C.D.E. Fortnum, 1899; WA1899.CDEF.V431

T. Schroder (2009), no. 380

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

Trefid: The ‘trefid’ type spoon is the first of the modern types. The earliest English example is hallmarked for 1662 and has no relation to previous English spoons. Referred to in the Goldsmith’s Company court minutes as “French fashion spoons”, they are thought have come across the channel following the Restoration of Charles II.

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