Metalware - Silver


Rat-Tail Spoon 

London, 1726

Owner's initials on handle, BWE in marriage triad -- probably a wedding gift. Maker's hallmark indecipherable. Heavy gauge silver with very little wear. This long, oval bowl is perfect for eating thick soup or chowder. One of the best you'll find.


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Pair of Hester Bateman Mote Spoons 

London, c.1775

Mote spoons were used to skim tea leaves (motes) floating in the cup. The spear-ended finial cleared the spout of the teapot from leaves clogging it. Tea before tea bags! Hester Bateman was the leading woman silversmith in Georgian England. Mote spoons were uniquely English and were made only in London.


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