THESE LOVELY SPOONS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH NO DENTS OR DINGS. THE DECORATION ON THESE SPOONS IS ELABORATE AND THE HANDLE BACKS REFLECT SIGNS OF BEING INDIVIDUALLY HAND MADE. MEASURE 8 3/8" LONG WITH THE BOWL BEING 1 7/8" WIDE.
COMBINED WEIGHT IS 120 GRAMS. MARKED WITH ENGLISH HALLMARKS FOR "LONDON, STERLING", DATE LETTER FOR "1785" WITH UNIDENTIFED MAKER'S STAMP WITH INITIALS T. THE SPOONS COME IN A NICE FITTED VELVET AND SILK LINED CASE FROM JEWELERS PLEASANCE & HARPER OF BRISTOL, ENGLAND.
THIS COMPANY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1879 SO THE SPOONS WERE PLACED IN THE CASE AT A LATER DATE BUT WE ARE LEAVING THEM IN THE CASE FOR PROTECTION AND SAFE STORAGE. THE CASE IS IN VERY GOOD ESTATE CONDITION ALTHOUGH IT DOES REFLECT SIGNS OF NORMAL WEAR. History: Berry spoons are a type of spoon that have a chased decoration of berries or fruits on the interior of the bowl.
Silver berry spoons that have marks dating prior to the mid-19th Century originated as plain serving spoons with the "berry" decoration added later. This practice started in the Mid-19th Century to adapt earlier silver spoons to the elaborate tastes of the prosperous Victorian owner. Although today we categorize all spoons with the berry and fruit decoration as "berry" spoons, Georgian berry spoons didn't exist and these spoons should be more accurately described as a "Georgian spoon in Old English pattern with later decoration". Have been in the Antiques business for over 35 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business!
The item "Cased Set 18th C. GEORGIAN Sterling Silver BERRY Spoons, c. 1785" is in sale since Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Other Antique Sterling Silver". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.