Rare London 1811 Sterling Silver Miniature Marrow Spoon
Measuring 5 1/8" long and weighing not quite .4 T. oz. (11 grams), this marrow spoon is unusual for its size. It is essentially a miniature version of a form that is typically much larger, often twice as long and proportionally wider and heavier. It is English in origin, with hallmarks for sterling, a date letter for 1812, a regent's head, and "SA" for London maker Stephen Adams. It is an Old English design with a down turned, reverse tipt end. The front of the handle is engraved in a period, typically English looking, design. It also has a block letter "W over W.M" monogram. The bowl is 1 3/4" long and 1/2" wide and clearly original and not adapted. It is well-formed, has thick, even walls, and is free of nicks, dings, or burrs. The overall condition is excellent. The engraving remains crisp, free of polishing wear, and the finish is nicely patinated.