M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
CHARLES II SILVER CHILD'S TREFID SPOON
Steven Venables Junior, London, 1684
Of good gauge silver for the period,
the oval bowl with a raised rat-tail joined to flat shaft and trefid terminal,
the terminal reverse with scratch initials 'F*N'
Steven Venables Junior was apprenticed in 1664 to his uncle, the earlier well-known
spoonmaker Steven Venables. Their work overlaps and their marks are similar.
However, Steven I died in 1783, and Steven Junior carried on his trade.
The smaller Venables mark is generally attributed to Steven Junior.
Steven Venables Junior was also listed as a spoonmaker for The Copper Plate.
Timothy Kent in "London Silver Spoonmakers, 1500-1697"
states his listing of specialists, which included Steven Venables Junior,
that any would qualify for the "top twenty" spoonmakers,
and some for the "top 15".
Condition : Good to excellent for age; good marks with all four marks legible;
right hand tip wear to the bowl; superficial pitting to the bowl verso;
expected nicks and scratches appropriate to age and usage
5-5/8" Long / .7 oz.
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