M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
CHARLES II SILVER LACE-BACK TREFID SPOON
Edward Hulse (E.H crowned, crescent below, crown & crescent between
The flat shaft ending in a shaped trefid terminal, the top side with
scrolling foliate decoration,
the verso engraved A * S over M . M over M.H,
the oval bowl with a reeded rattail attachment and
well preserved foliate scroll decoration to the bowl and within the
Auction 15927: Fine Silver and Objects of Vertu , 2 Jul 2008,
London, New Bond Street
Lot 100 :
A fine Charles II silver lace-back trefid
spoon, by Edward Hulse, London 1684,
the oval bowl with a ribbed rat-tail, the
reverse of the terminal prick dot initialled "M.C",
the front with a mask motif amongst the
scroll work , length 19.2cm, weight 47.7gms.
Maker E.H Crowned,
crescent between pellets below :
several makers with the mark 'E.H crowned crescent between pellets
below' from this period,
discussed in Timothy Kent, London Silver Spoonmakers, 1500-1697,
p.2 & 49.
Crowned",...many spoons, some of them of fine quality, including an
exceptionally rare gold trefid,
noted with a maker's mark EH, not dissimilar to that of Lawrence
particular mark was then attributed to Edward Hubbald, apprenticed to Jeremy
Johnson in 1652,
Harrison, apprenticed to James Lapley in 1669.
the June 2008
(Silverspoons Club Journal), regarding the above Lot 100,
Timothy Kent, states the following :
"This was a maker I missed when producing 'London Silver
Spoonmakers' in 1981: see p. 49.
Hulse was indeed apprenticed to Lawrence Coles in 1672 and
free in 1680...
...This was a very fine spoon, I noted,
'crisp, nice colour, but in high at an estimate of £4,000-£4,500.'
How wrong I was! The hammer fell at £5,500,
so obviously someone was ready to shell out for the best.
(Other Hulse 'mask lace-backs' have since sold at UK
auctions for far less than Bonhams lot 100;
condition and crispness of decoration always
cause quite a variance in prices).
Condition : Excellent for age, with good patination and normal wear,
several very small rim dents;
excellent preservation of decoration and maker's & London mark;
date mark rubbed but clear; lion passant struck to one side
8" Long / 1.8 oz.
Lion Passant to the right of the crowned
leopard, struck on the edge, barely visible
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