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  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sterling silver, forged and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr R. C. Jackson.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The records of the London goldsmiths' Garrard for 1760 include customer orders for spoons and forks which are described as 'turn'd back'. This is almost certainly a reference to pieces like this, in which the finial turns back or down so that they can be laid on the table with the bowl or tines uppermost (as we would set them on the table today). Turned back finials are unlike the French patterns which English goldsmiths imitated during the second half of the eighteenth century, and consequently this distinctive style has come to be known as 'Old English'. The prominent ridge, or 'rattail', on the back of the spoon bowl is unusual for this date as it is more commonly found on English spoons of a different pattern from the late-seventeenth century until about 1730.

Physical description

Spoon, silver, old English pattern with rattail (out of period); engraved crest

Materials and Techniques

Sterling silver, forged and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

At base of stem, near bowl, L to R:
Mark of Thomas Chawmer (Grimwade 2718); lion passant, sterling mark; leopard's head crowned, mark of London assay office; date-letter 'T', for assay year 1774-75

Crest engraved on finial, perhaps that of Schomberg family.


Length: 21.5 cm, Weight: 75.8 g

Object history note

The crest has been tentatively identified as that of the Schomberg family when the spoon was accessioned. It was bequeathed to the Museum, together with a number of other silver objects (among them a ciborium), by Dr R. C. Jackson. His solicitors, Buxton, Ashton and Son of 38 Sackville St, W.1, administered the bequest.

Descriptive line

Silver, English (London), 1774-75, mark of Thomas Chawmer

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Grimwade, Arthur G.. London Goldsmiths 1697-1837. Their Marks and Lives. 1st edn. London: Faber and Faber, 1976.
Belden, Gail and Michael Snodin. Spoons. London: Pitman, 1976. ISBN 0273002368


Sterling silver


Metalwork Collection

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