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Tea spoon

Tea spoon

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1700-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, forged

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J.H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    146-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Silver toys were not only playthings for wealthy children. The term toy included any knick-knack or fashionable trinket, as well as a child’s plaything. Silver toys copied the exact details and proportions of normal sized pieces. They occur in an exuberant variety of subject and size ranging from domestic utensils to elaborate furniture. Several explanations of these objects have been tendered; that they were part of the furnishings of dolls’ houses, that they were trade samples made in miniature for convenience and security, that they were practice pieces for apprentices, that they were a fashionable novelty for adults to collect or that they were simply the playthings of rich children. In 1571, the daughter of Henry II of France ordered a set of small silver ‘pots, bowls, plates and other articles,’ to give to a royal child. The high point of production in London was the first half of the 18th century.

Physical description

Minature spoon, ridged handle, turned up at the end, oval bowl with drop on the back. Handle is engraved SR. Marked with the lion passant and an illegible makers' mark.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

1700-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, forged

Marks and inscriptions

Lion passant only

Mark (illegible) but could be S.R.
Unidentified

Dimensions

Length: 3 in, Width: 0.5625 in

Descriptive line

Minature tea spoon, silver, possibly made in London, 18th century.

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

Ian Pickford, Silver Flatware, English, Irish and Scottish, 1660-1980, Woodbridge, Antique Collectors; Club, 1983. ISBN. 0907462359

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Forging

Categories

Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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