Cased Pair of Caddy Spoons, 1886
Caddy Spoons (pair, cased) - Birmingham 1886 by A.E. Robinson & Co. - 9.5cm long; 12.7g combined weight (Box = 12cm x 10cm) - YA/1084
These are a superb pair of delicate silver-gilt tea caddy spoons. It is rare to find a matching pair of caddy spoons and these further benefit from being in their original presentation box.
The spoons have a graduating trail of vine leaves along a looped tendril handle and fluted, shovel-shaped bowls. A particularly fine attention to detail is the two-tone gold colouring to the leaves - a tricky skill to achieve and accomplishing a very pleasing effect. The box is nicely made too, with a two-shade royal purple satin and silk combination that includes a plaited surround; furthermore it has done a marvellous job of preserving these fragile spoons as they remain in excellent condition.
The Birmingham firm of A. E. Robinson & Co and are not an oft found maker in silver, but the spoons have a clear example of their A.E.R maker's mark within the bowl.