Trefid Spoon with Bead Rattail, 1695
Spoon - Trefid with Bead Rattail - London 1695 by William Matthew - 18.3cm long; 37g - NV/9258
William Matthew was a specialist silver spoon maker and this late 17th century spoon is a fine example of its type. With the bonus of a beaded rattail to the reverse of the bowl, this William III period silver trefid spoon has an excellent set of clear hallmarks. The reverse of the terminal bears original "IW" dot-prick engraved initials with the date "1696", whilst the front is engraved with later 18th century "WW" initials (possibly a direct descendent?).
The overall condition of this antique spoon is very fine with crisp detailing to the rattail and an unworn bowl.