The spoon is Hanoverian in profile (with an upturned handle) and French Fiddle in outline, with a suggestion of shoulders where the stem meets the bowl. There is a husk and shell to the front and back of the handle concave to the front and convex to the back with De Lamerie's characteristic rippling borders to the front and back of the stem, identical in this respect to the spoon illustrated on page 87 of Ian Pickford's Silver Flatware , though this particular pattern is not listed in that book. There are two marks to the back of the bowl: an unmistakeable strike of De Lamerie's Britannia standard maker's mark, of which approximately two thirds is visible; and a notched lion passant, indicating an assay date between 1739 and 1755. The fact that De Lamerie had registered a new sterling mark (his second sterling mark) in 1739, seems to indicate a date of manufacture early in this period, around 1739/40.
This wonderful spoon, which displays little signs of wear to the pattern or bowl tip, remains in excellent antique condition (see condition description), and bears a period engraved crest to the back of the handle of two bent arms in armour rising from an Eastern or Antique crown and holding a pheon. A beautiful and exceptional spoon! See my other listings for two more identical spoons. Length: 6 3/4in (17.2cm).
Weight: 1.64 troy oz (51g). The item "- RARE PAUL DE LAMERIE ENGLISH STERLING SILVER GEORGIAN DESSERT SPOON c1740 2" is in sale since Friday, August 16, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "shrinkflyer" and is located in Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.