Elizabethan Seal Top Spoon, 1592
Spoon - Seal-top - London 1592 by William Cawdell - 14.8cm long; 33g - RC/9137
With its cushion-shaped seal terminal, this Elizabeth I silver spoon is typical of the late Tudor period and has the unusual bonus of original engraving with the full name and birth date of the first owner. The reverse side of the stem is engraved "JOHN CAUSTON DECEMBER 10 1598".
This spoon was made by the most prolific specialist spoonmaker of the period, William Cawdell, and as well as the shape of the seal it also has a typical hexagonal stem and fig-shaped bowl. The leopard's head mark to the bowl has lost a little detail, but the marks on the reverse side are good and crisp. This is a lovely spoon with lots of interest and in fine condition too.