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Strainer spoon

Strainer spoon

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1791-1792 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crossley, Richard (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Lt. Col. G. B. Croft-Lyons Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.849-1926

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 65, The Whiteley Galleries

Between 1700 and 1800 a great variety of designs evolved for knives, forks and spoons. As dishes became more elaborate, specialised tools for different types of food were invented, and different sizes of cutlery were introduced for the main courses and the dessert. To the specialist the term "cutlery" refers to edged tools, such as knives and scissors made by cutlers and "flatware" to forks and spoons supplied by specialist silversmiths and often made by outworkers.

Richard Crossley was a goldsmith who ran a successful business in London for forty years from 1775, registering eleven marks. "Flatware" includes tools for serving and eating whereas "hollow ware" describes vessels and utensils. Above the line of marks is a tiny additional mark identifying the workman, probably an outworker who actually made the spoon from metal supplied by Crossley. The outworkers system for flatwaredates back at least to the 16th century, but identifying marks appaer only in the late 18th century.

Physical description

Bowl pierced with a pattern of saltaire crosses and foliations; the drop handle engraved with a lion statant quadrant on a cap of maintenance.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1791-1792 (made)

Artist/maker

Crossley, Richard (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Richard Crossley

The drop handle engraved with a lion statant quadrant on a cap of maintenance.

London hallmarks for 1791-2

Above the line of marks is a tiny additional mark identifying the workman, probably an outworker who actually made the spoon from metal supplied by Crossley.

Dimensions

Length: 14.25 in, Width: 2.5 in

Object history note

Bequest - Croft Lyons
Acquisition RF: Croft Lyons

Descriptive line

Silver, London, 1791-2, mark of Richard Crossley

Labels and date

3. STRAINER SPOON
London, 1791-2
Mark of Richard Crossley
This goldsmith ran a successful business in London for forty years from 1775, registering eleven marks. "Flatware" includes tools for serving and eating whereas "hollow ware" describes vessels and utensils. Above the line of marks is a tiny additional mark identifying the workman, probably an outworker who actually made the spoon from metal supplied by Crossley. The outworkers system for flatwaredates back at least to the 16th century, but identifying marks appaer only in the late 18th century.
Croft Lyons Bequest []

Materials

Silver

Subjects depicted

Lion

Categories

Eating; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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