Glasgow Table Spoon, 1780
Table Spoon - Old English pattern - Glasgow circa 1780 by Robert Gray - 22.5cm long; 68g - DU/7066
It would take a further 40 years for Robert Gray, from the making of this silver table spoon, to be successful in his lobbying to open an assay office in Scotland's second city. For much of that period Robert Gray dutifully sent his wares to the assay office in Edinburgh for marking, but this spoon even pre-dates that and was made during the time that he marked his own silver with provincial marks. The reverse side of this Old English pattern spoon bears a faint example of his "RG" mark, the "tree with fish and bauble" mark to represent the city arms of Glasgow and a letter "l".
The front terminal of the spoon is engraved with original "RC" script initials and the overall condition is excellent with a good bowl tip and fine patina.