Philip Jerman Trefid Spoon, Exeter 1697
Spoon - Trefid With Beaded Rattail - Exeter circa 1697 by Philip Jerman - 20.7cm long; 62g - YT/1478
This is a fabulous example of an Exeter-made silver trefid spoon with a superb set of hallmarks. Dating from the final years of the 17th century, this William III period spoon has all the characteristics that you would want from such a piece - fine quality, interest and condition.
This trefid spoon has a good solid feel in the hand and features the diagnostic trefoil terminal and the benefit of a beaded rattail to the reverse of the bowl. The hallmarks are fabulous and show three clear examples of the highly decorative "PI" stamp for Philip Jerman of Exeter (see "West Country Silver Spoons" by Tim Kent page 103).
The original dot-pricked betrothal engraving with "1697" date is a real bonus and places the manufacture of the spoon towards the beginning of Jerman's short working period (1695 to circa 1705) and prior to the compulsory use of the Britannia Standard on March 27th, 1697 (although take-up in the provinces is likely to have been slow) and the opening of the Exeter Assay Office in 1701.
The condition is superb: the bowl retains its original shape, the beading on the rattail, engraving and hallmarks all remain crisp and the overall patina is first class.
A truly fine specimen of a late 17th century west country silver spoon.