Of heavy gauge silver, having an oval bowl and flat shaft ending in a shaped trefid terminal,
the top side of the terminal with scrolling foliate decoration,
the verso terminal with scratch-engraving '1688 over * M * S *';
the bowl verso having a reeded rattail attachment and foliate scroll decoration,
the rattail with further foliate scrolls within the reeding
Lace-back trefids are much rarer than plain trefids – the earliest of the modern form.
The earliest trefid recorded is in 1662, becoming more common in the 1670's,
and were made only until c1700.
Thomas Allen :
Apprenticed to John King in 1668, Free 1675
His mark is noted on numerous spoons of the period, including some with terminals decorated with a mask.
He is also to be found struck on spoons from The Copper Plate Company.
Allen's apprentices include Isaac Davenport (1689) and Henry Greene (1693).
He is included in those whom Timothy Kent places
among the "top twenty" spoonmakers of late the 17th century
(Timothy Kent, London Silver Spoonmakers 1500-1697)
Condition : Excellent with minor rubbing to the foliate scrolls;
bowl with good edge thinckness and light inner wear (2 light scratches);
date mark, if punched at all, is rubbed away;
maker's mark (TA three pellets above and device below) and crowned leopard's head partially rubbed;
2 short superfical flaw lines at bowl back base (in the making)
8" Long / The Bowl, 2.75" Long / 2.4 oz.