London 1774 Huguenot Sterling Silver Dessert Spoon
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Measuring 6 5/8" long and weighing 1.2 T. oz., this sterling silver piece is the size of a contemporary dessert spoon.
It is English in origin with rubbed but discernible hallmarks that read for London, 1774, and makers Abraham Barrier and Lewis Ducommieu. This mark appears in the unregistered marks section of Grimwade, but as is noted, it is included in the "Parliamentary Report of 1773." Lewis Ducommieu has own mark entered in 1774. Grimwade also adds in the biographical section that both he and Barrier are "listed as Huguenots by Evans," as might be surmised from the names. The role of the French ex-patriot Huguenots occupies a place of significance in the realms of silversmithing and history as well, and on both sides of the Atlantic. Such prominent names as Paul Lamerie in England, and Paul Revere of American Revolutionary War fame, are part of this lineage.
This has a Hanoverian terminus with a slight central rib. The backside has a rubbed recumbent deer or stag crest and a thumb drop on the heel.The condition is very good. As noted, the marks and crest show polishing wear, but apart from this there is scant evidence of age. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear, dings, dents, or burrs, and the finish is pleasing.