M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
HARLEQUIN SET of SIX EARLY GEORGE III
ONSLOW PATTERN SILVER DESSERT SPOONS
John Gibbons (4), London, 1766-7,
Ebenezer Coker (1), London (date mark rubbed),
Stephen Adams (1), London, 1767,
Of good gauge silver, the slender tapering shaft with a cast overscrolled terminal,
the oval bowls, 4 having a facet-drop heel, two with single drop heel,
angled joints visible on the shaft when breathed upon
As the Onslow pattern was made only for a short time, and mostly as service pieces,
18th century dessert spoons of the 6.5" length are extremely difficult to find.
The Onslow pattern was made in the mid-18th century (with many 19th century conversions)
and is still being copied by modern silversmiths.
The original Onslow is constructed in a slightly different method : the overscrolled grooved handle,
resembling somewhat the turned "paperscroll" decoration on early Georgian chairs,
is cast separately and applied with an angled scarf joint to the shaft.
This joint, usually visible when tarnished or breathed upon,
is not present on the conversions from other flatware or later copies.
Early true Onslow silver, perhaps named after Arthur Onslow (1691-1768),
Speaker of the House of Commons, is somewhat rare, quite beautiful,
and blends well with the Hanoverian and Old English patterns of silver flatware.
Condition : Good to excellent ; marks slightly rubbed but legible, with maker's marks partially cast over
6.5" Long / 7.7 oz.
Three Gibbons Spoons, one with marks barely legible with magnification :
From the Top : Ebenezer Coker, Stephen Adams, John Gibbons :
Marks From the Top : Ebenezer Coker (rubbed but recognizable, Stephen Adams, and John Gibbons :
Also See :
George III Silver Onslow Basting Spoon, Thomas & William Chawner
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