London 1841 W.E. "Prince Albert" Sterling Mustard Spoon
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Marked with a lion, the English symbol for sterling silver, an Old English date letter "f" for 1841, and the city symbol for London, and the queen's head duty mark, this mustard spoon measures 4 13/16" long and weighs a relatively heavy .9 T. oz. The maker's stamp is poorly struck but is clear enough to ascribe to William Eaton.
The pattern is "Prince Albert," an English design that found its way into the realm of American silver, with New York's Michael Gibney one name identified with it. There is a Victorian period "S.L.W." monogram set on the horizontal of the handle. The bowl is ovoid, much in the style of an American egg spoon.
The condition is very good. There is no damage, and only light polishing wear. The overall finish is finely patinated. Apart from a slight crimp at the left tip end, the bowl is free of dings or burrs and is well-shaped.