Of quite heavy gauge silver, in the Hanoverian pattern with upturned terminal,
the massive bowl with facet cut heel; the terminal script-engraved 'C'
bottom marked with good marks
(See Jacksons Revised p. 547, for the same mark on a teapot, 1744-5)
"Hash Spoons" :
Specialized spoons from the 18th and early 19th centuries,
whose purpose it was to serve a mixture of meat and potatoes (hash).
These spoons are quite large, with proportionally larger bowls -- sometimes quite massive in fact.
They differ from 11-12 inch 'basting spoons' (which Americans fondly call 'stuffing spoons')
not only in length (13" to about 16"), but often in the sheer volume of the bowl itself.
The early ones are particularly collectible - especially Scottish and Irish.
1746, Edinburgh, and Initial 'C'
Usually the initial on the end of the spoon is the last name of the owner –
and the same is almost a 100% possibility in this case.
But as an imaginative aside,
let's recall the importance of the letter 'C', in Scotland's 1746 :
Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) - at the age of 25 -
spent from June 1745 to April 1746,
in an attempt to regain the Stuart 'Divine Right' to the British throne.
It was Charlie's one and only year on British soil.
His efforts emanated from Edinburgh.
His earlier campaigns met with growing support and victories ...
until being defeated in April 16, 1746 on the Scottish moors at Culloden.
His foe was the son of George II, the Duke of Cumberland.
With final defeat, Cumberland issued an order for 'no quarter'.
Further the so-called Dress Act of 1746
outlawed the wearing of plaid and tartan; bagpipes were banned;
lords and clan chiefs who supported the rebellion were stripped of lands, property, and titles.
This was Scotland in 1746.
There are hundreds of Scottish surnames beginning with C – from Caa to Cynoch.
But no matter the name, these were the events all shared in Scotland's 1746.
Condition : Excellent; no faults observed; wear and patination as expected for age;
good marks; maker's mark with rubbing to one side, but clearly legible
15.25" Long / The Bowl, 5" Long x 3" Wide / 7.7 oz.