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Spoon

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, made)
    Hungary (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cowrie shell, mounted in silver gilt and partly enamelled

  • Museum number:

    2346-1855

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4

Physical description

Spoon and fork combined. Jointed, the end of the stem and the bowl formed of portions of cowrie shell, mounted in silver gilt and partly enamelled.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, made)
Hungary (possibly, made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cowrie shell, mounted in silver gilt and partly enamelled

Marks and inscriptions

Unmarked

Dimensions

Length: 5.625 in

Object history note

Purchase - Bernal collection

The stem is hinged at the point where it meets the bowl and can be detached from the bowl to be used as a fork.

Descriptive line

Combination spoon and fork, cowrie shell, silver-gilt and enamel, Germany, 1600-1700.

Production Note

Probably Germany or Hungary

Materials

Shell; Silver-gilt; Enamel

Techniques

Mounting; Amalgam gilding; Enamelling

Categories

Metalwork; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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