Taylor & Lawrie basting spoon, Fiddle Shell & Thread
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length 12 3/4 inches, weight 5.65 Troy ounces, excellent original condition, monogrammed "M" (period script with flourishes) obverse, retailed by Bailey and Kitchen.
While the dates for this firm are generally given as 1837-1850, the style and construction of this spoon is would tend to indicate that it was made several years before 1837.
Though English items in Fiddle Shell and Thread are common, American examples are quite scarce and those in such exemplary condition nearly non-existent.