Francis Higgins, London 1860, Master Salt Spoon
The benchmark "Jackson's Hallmarks" of English, Scottish, and Irish gold and silver marks notes that Francis Higgins, the maker of this spoon, was an "important 19th century spoon maker" and further describes him as a "specialist." Measuring 4 5/16" long and weighing a relatively heavy .5+ T. oz., it is a master salt, or possibly mustard, spoon. The English convention on these forms varies some from American. It is fully marked for the maker, London, 1860-61, and sterling. A handsome item, it has a plain end front with a tipt backside and thumb drop. There is no monogram or removal and the condition is flawless.