A Charles I silver Apostle Spoon.
A Charles I silver Apostle Spoon, the finial representing St. John, carrying the cup of sorrow and with his hand raised in blessing, London 1628, the maker perhaps Daniel Cary. The back of the bowl with contemporary pricked initials ‘HT’ above ‘MM’ and the date ‘1629’.
This spoon has the best bowl and sharpest marks of any that we have encountered of this period. There is minor wear to the gilding on the finial and the solder joint between the final and the stem is only very faintly visible. The back of the bowl has a light line of surface marking which would suggest that it has recently been rested against a slightly abrasive edge. There is some small surface staining on the reverse of the bowl. Overall it is an exceptional spoon.
Length – 18.20 cm.; Width of bowl – 5 cm.; Weight – 65 gms.