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Carrington & Co. Large Sterling Anointing aka Coronation Spoon

Carrington & Co. Large Sterling Anointing aka Coronation Spoon
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This piece is about as large an example of the form as was made. It measures 9 1/2" long and weighs approximately 2.6 T. oz.

It is a replica of an anointing spoon, also identified as a coronation spoon. These largely English items have a history that traces back to the late 19th century, with early ones like this, date mark 1904-05, generally the best crafted examples.

Indeed, this is hallmarked for the London firm of Carrington & Co. (John Bodman Carrington), which Jackson's Hallmarks identifies as "important retailers."

It is a wonderfully complex piece with Celtic design elements on the cast handle, the end of which is twisted. There is a bold animal head, perhaps leopard, at the juncture with the bowl.

The oblong bowl has a central rib and is extensively engraved in a leaf and scroll design set against a stippled ground.

The bowl and much of the handle retain pale traces of an original gold wash.

Never inscribed or monogrammed, this is in superb condition. The intricate design detail remains well-defined, showing no evident polishing wear. The bowl is free of dents, nicks, burrs, or bends.

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