Beaded Rattail Trefid Spoon, 1697

Antique Silver trefid spoon with bead rattail London 1697 by William Penstone
Antique Silver trefid spoon with bead rattail London 1697 by William Penstone DSCN5881 DSCN5882 DSCN5883 DSCN5884 DSCN5886 DSCN5887

£775.00

Spoon - Trefid with Beaded Rattail - London 1697 by William Penstone - 19cm long; 44g - GC/8768

This is a great example of a William III period silver trefid spoon, that dates from the first year following the introduction of the mandatory use of the higher purity Britannia standard silver.

 

The spoon has a decorated rattail with a line of beading down the centre and despite the years of table contact the detail remains crisp - more often than not this feature if found in a worn state. The reverse terminal of the handle is engraved with a betrothal triangle with the "I" representing a modern day "J" and the uppermost letter being the initial of the newly weds' surname. The Britannia standard hallmarks include a very clear date letter and the PE maker's mark within a pelleted circle of William Penstone.

 

The spoon has a lovely feel and is in fine condition with an unworn bowl and original patina.