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Rare and Fine Crested English Georgian Ice (Cream) Spade/Spoon C. 1807

Rare and Fine Crested English Georgian Ice (Cream) Spade/Spoon C. 1807
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Offered is a lovely and very early example of a quite scarce form in Georgian English sterling silver - an ice space or spoon, used for various dessert ices, sorbets and ice creams. Ian Pickford shows examples of this form and discusses it on pages 184-85 of his book "Silver Flatware - English, Scottish and Irish, 1660-1980". As he notes, examples can be as large as a gravy (stuffing) spoon, and most are heavy and well made in order to perform their function well. This example, in Old English Thread pattern and bearing hallmarks for London, 1807, is by the well-known partnership of Messrs. Eley, Fearn & Chawner, and is very well made. It measures about 10 1/4 inches in length and weighs a very heavy 124 grams or so. It is engraved with a period armorial or crest of a griffin's head. This piece is in excellent condition, with modest wear from normal use, but no dents, splits or repairs. All in all a fine Georgian English sterling silver example of a rare and useful serving piece!

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