Transitional Dog-nose Table Spoon
Spoon - Dog-nose with beaded rattail - London 1701 by Benjamin Watts - 212mm long; 41g weight - Ref. No.: TV/1229</p>
This dog nose spoon is in the rarely found transitional form with a square profile handle and the bowl shape of the earlier trefid spoon. The vast majority of dog nose spoons are more closely akin to the Hanoverian spoons with rounded stems and long, oval bowls. The beaded rattail to the back of the bowl is also a continuation of the popular late 17th Century form.
The hallmarks are excellent with a particularly crisp date letter and lion's head erased. Slightly later dated dot-pricked betrothal initials can be found to the terminal. Fine original condition throughout with a good patina.