Lion's Paw & Shell Caddy Spoon, 1810
Caddy Spoon - Lion's paw & shell pattern - London 1810 by Elizabeth Morley - 7.4cm x 6cm - SQ/9351
This is an exceptionally rare and possibly unique Georgian silver caddy spoon made by Elizabeth Morley.
The spoon bowl is finely modelled as a scallop shell with a gilt interior whilst the handle is in the form of a lion's paw - this was possibly a one-off commission representing a family crest.
The spoon is stamped from sheet silver and the resulting lift in the silver around the paws necessitated some remedial action as the inside has a small plate fitted to presumably fill a hole and give strength (see final photo). In our opinion, the difficulty in producing a neat finish does not detract from the beauty of the overall piece and it may be the reason why so few (or only one) was made. An excellent spoon!