M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE III SILVER SHELL-BACK MOTE SPOON
James Tookey, London, c1765
The ovoid bowl pierced with saltires and foliate scrolls,
the heel with a single drop and finely cast shell,
having a slender shaft with marks for James Tookey, and the lion passant,
the tip pointed in the usual form
During the 18th century, tea was brewed in the teapot.
A mote spoon served to removes the loose leaves,
as well as to clear the small holes at the inner base of the spout from any accumulated residue.
The earliest mote spoons date to the late 18th century, and were pierced very simply –
and often crudely with round holes.
The rococo form with cast heels is a mid18th century very lovely addition,
and my particular favorite of the spoons.
Condition : Excellent; marks overcast but legible (Grimwade #1704);
very nice detail to the shell
5.5'' Long / .2 oz.
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