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Mid 18th C. London"Shell Back" Sterling Silver Spoon TD.WW Maker

Mid 18th C. London"Shell Back" Sterling Silver Spoon TD.WW Maker
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$38.00

With registration dates from the 1750s, the "WC over WW with a pellet" mark, accompanied by a "lion," on this 4 11/16" long, .4 T. oz. spoon stands for the partnership of London silversmiths Thomas Devonshire and William Watkins.

Given the handle is narrow, the mark is only partially imprinted, but still distinct enough for a certain attribution.

The handle is upturned, i.e. "Hanoverian," and shows two monograms. One on the reverse reads "H over W*M," in block lettering which is original, with a later inscription on the front which is, "J.H. to M.C.S. 1849."

The bowl backside has a finely rendered raised shell on the heel just below the exposed drop.

Well crafted, and with an implied provenance derived from the two monograms, this example of George II silver is in excellent condition. Apart from one pinprick dimple in the base of the bowl, there are no signs of use or wear and the finish is warm and bright.

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