Silver Mounted Whelk Shell Georgian Caddy Spoon, c.1805
Caddy Spoon - Mounted Whelk Shell - Birmingham circa 1805 by Matthew Linwood - 7.2cm long; 17g gross weight - HC/2907a
Silver-mounted shells formed as caddy spoons are relatively scarce and the use of whelk shells is especially rare with few survivors.
This Georgian example was made by Matthew Linwood and bears his "ML" maker' mark. Dating from the first decade of the 19th century the spoon has a fiddle & thread handle and a secure mount to the shell. The ensemble works well as a spoon and is a particularly fine example of its genre. It is in fine condition with neither damage nor repair.