Huge Rattail Basting Spoon, 1711
Basting Spoon - Rat-tail pattern - London 1711 by Benjamin Watts - 32.8cm long; 134g - F9915
This is a stunning early example of a Hanoverian Rattail spoon with the bonus of it being a huge 13" long basting spoon. It's rare to find Hanoverian Rattail spoons from the Queen Anne period and this spoon has a good set of Britannia Standard hallmarks for 1711.
The reverse of the handle terminal is engraved with a lovely engraved crest of an eagle dating from later in the 18th century. The hallmarks are crisp and include the "Wa with stag above" maker's mark for the specialist spoonmaker Benjamin Watts. This large, top quality spoon has a hefty weight and is in excellent condition, with a good bowl and fine patina.