M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
EARLY GEORGE I BRITANNIA SILVER CANON-HANDLED BASTING SPOON
Gundry Roode, London 1715
The large oval bowl with a plain rat-tail attachment to a tapering "canon" handle with double ball finial,
the handle scratch initialled 'I.S' over 'S.S' below the terminal;
fully marked on the lower stem, with a faint maker's mark (RO within a heart) on the upper stem
This form of spoon, with its long hollow tubular stem, was introduced in the late Charles II period
and made up to c1725, when they became a large version of the tablespoon.
Although known as "basting spoons", such large spoons - usually over 14" -
were probably intended to be general purpose cooking and serving spoons.
Two large ladles in the Royal Collections and Chester Corporation Plate were used for soup.
A similar spoon, listed as a "porridge ladle", was ordered in 1695 by John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol.
Condition : Excellent, maker's marks RO in a heart beneath above a mullet (cast over but good);
other marks good as well; small horizontal slit opening to finial,
likely when the two sections were being soldered together,
or allowance for the blowhole which was the custom.
16" Long / 5.4 oz
The above image showing the small horizontal opening at the terminal edge
Shown together with
A Rare Queen Anne Britannia Standard Dognose (Wavy-End) Teaspoon, London, 1709
William & Mary Silver Canon-Handled Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London, 1697,
the bowl with original coat of arms, 15" Long / 5.5oz.
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Early George I .958 Britannia Standard Canon-Handled Basting Spoon,Gundry Roode, London 1715
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