Georgian "PLENTY" Picture-back Teaspoon

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Teaspoon - Old English pattern: 'Plenty' picture-back - London circa 1775 by William Chatterton - 130mm long - Ref. No.: GF/1516

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A scarce example of a "PLENTY" picture back teaspoon. The majority of the picture is visible with just the centre of the wheat sheaf completely worn due to table contact - all letters of "PLENTY" can be seen. The spoon is in generally fine condition with a full and unworn bowl and the initials "ML" to the front terminal. This is a relatively late example of a picture back as it is in Old English pattern and with its two bottom struck marks will date from the 1770's.

The word "PLENTY" is written above a wheat sheaf and possibly indicates the national celebration of successful harvests. The mid-18th century had a succession of good harvests resulting in food surpluses and improved national prosperity.