John Parnell Seal Top Spoon, Truro 1630

Truro silver seal top spoon John Parnell 1630
Truro silver seal top spoon John Parnell 1630 DSCN5086 DSCN5087 DSCN5088 DSCN5089 DSCN5090 DSCN5092 DSCN5091 DSCN5091 Copy


Spoon - Seal top - Truro circa 1630 by John Parnell - 16.6cm long; 40g - AR/2384

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This is a rare silver seal top spoon emanating from the Cornish city of Truro.

Dating from the Charles I period, this seal top has an excellent gilt, cast seal finial with good detailing. The spoon has a deep, fig-shaped bowl and a typical hexagonal stem that tapers towards the finial.

The spoon is stamped twice with an "IP" mark within a ringed circle that belonged to John Parnell of Truro. According to Tim Kent in "West Country Spoons & Their Makers: 1550- 1750", Parnell was working in the city from circa 1614 and by 1644 had risen in status to Mayor of Truro. He was a major producer of spoons and had a multiplicity of marks.

The spoon is in fine condition with a good thick rim to the bowl. The engraved initials to the flat seal plate are likely to be 18th century in date.