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English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon

English Georgian, London, Sterling Silver Stuffing Spoon
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Variously identified as a platter, stuffing, or basting spoon, the defining characteristic is the scale of the item.

Apropos of the form, this example measures a lengthy 11 3/4" and weighs 3.4 T. oz.

It is English in origin, specifically London circa 1800. The marks are rubbed but the lion for sterling and leopard for the city are legible enough to validate. The date letter is simply blurred while the maker's mark, which appears to be a script "LM" in a scalloped punch, is insufficient to identify with certainty.

Dating from around 1800, it has an "Old English" handle, with a down-turned end with a tipt back.

It has an uncommon, encircled drop on the bowl reverse.

There is no monogram or inscription, or removal of the same, and is in very clean condition. There are surface scratches as to be expected of a piece over two centuries old, but otherwise no inordinate wear. The bowl remains well-shaped and free of tip wear, dents, burrs, or nicks. The finish is even and bright, with a warm patina.

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