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Caddy spoon

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1820-1821 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Williams, Walter (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by J. H. Fitzhenry

  • Museum number:

    1324-1902

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 67, The Whiteley Galleries, case 4, shelf 13

A caddy spoon is a type of spoon for use in taking and measuring dry tea from a tea caddy, usually small enough to fit inside the caddy. English examples were developed in the mid 18th century when the Chinese tea bottle was superseded by the tea caddy, having an opening large enough to accommodate a small spoon to dispense and measure the tea and when the cover (the thimble top) was no longer used as a measure. Caddy spoons were always required to be hallmarked, being excluded from the exemption of the English act of 1790 relating to small articles.

Physical description

Silver, shell shaped bowl with a small shell ornament in the middle and fiddle pattern handle with a shell ornament at the end. Engraved initials subsequently obliterated.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1820-1821 (made)

Artist/maker

Williams, Walter (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1820-21

Mark of Walter Williams

Engraved initials subsequently obliterated

Dimensions

Length: 3.625 in, Width: 1.5625 in

Object history note

Acquisition RF: Fitzhenry
Gift - Fitzhenry Collection

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1820-21, mark of Walter Williams

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Stamping; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Shell

Categories

Metalwork; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares; Tableware & cutlery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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