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Twelve table spoons

Silver

Origin: London

Date: 1712-1727

19.5 - 20.5 cm length; 49 - 87 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, Britannia standard, (1) 1712-13, maker's mark of Thomas Spackman, (8) 1715-16, maker's mark illegible, (1) 1716-17, maker's mark indistinct, (1) 1717-18, maker's mark of Edward Jennings, (1) 1726-7,(sterling standard), maker's mark of Henry Miller I

Heraldry: Unidentified

Bequeathed by W.F. Farrer, 1946; WA1946.168; WA1946.169; WA1946.170

T. Schroder (2009), no. 391

The Hanoverian pattern was the standard pattern of English flatware from about 1710 until the 1770s. The crest on several of the spoons is later and done in imitation of that on the eight 1715 spoons. Up until the middle of the eighteenth century spoons and forks were placed with bowl and prong face down on the table, accounting for the crest being engraved on the back.

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

Fork: The fork first arrived in Italy from Byzantium in the eleventh century and was in regular use there by the fifteenth century. It was a while before the fork was accepted elsewhere in Europe. In 1518, Martin Luther amusingly quipped, ‘God preserve me from the little forks’! It finally came into common use in the seventeenth century, where it developed from the two-pronged type to one of three or four prongs, demonstrating its transition from carving or serving fork to one used for eating.

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