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Trefid spoon

Silver-gilt

Origin: London

Date: 1692-3

19.5 cm length; 61 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1692-1693, maker's mark WM, crown above, for William Mathew I

Heraldry: Probably arms and crest of Ashe or Eshe of Sawton, Devon

Bequeathed by A.T. Carter, 1947; WA1947.153

T. Schroder (2009), no. 382

This spoon is well made and in exceptional condition. The slightly matted margins along the stem are an unusual feature.

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.