Fine example Charles II Puritan Spoon, 1663 Steven Venables
Spoon - Puritan - London 1663 by Steven Venables - 17.9cm long; 50g - EB/4504
This is an excellent example of a Charles II silver puritan spoon dating from just a few years after the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
This top quality spoon has a thick, plank-like stem that tapers out towards the terminal in typical puritan spoon style and is engraved with original "RS" initials at the tip. Pleasingly, the oval bowl retains its thick rim and has been double-struck with the leopard's head mark.
The remainder of the very clear hallmarks are on the reverse of the stem with both lion passant and date letter sited towards to the terminal and an excellent "SV" maker's mark for Steven Venables nearer the bowl. Steven Venables was a major spoonmaker of the mid-17th century having started his apprenticeship with Daniel Cary in 1632.
This is an excellent puritan spoon in fine condition with a good, antique patina.