The reverse of the bowl with foliate scroll decoration, the terminal with scroll decoration,
the terminal reverse later crested for the family of Ridge, Tyning House, Sussex :
Out of mural coronet, two arms embowed, the hands holding an escutcheon
the stem later inscribed :
N. HUDGE, ESQRE D.L.
Provenance: Phillips, London, Sale No. 783, lot 67
Maker : E.H Crowned, crescent between pellets below :
There are several makers with the mark 'E.H crowned crescent between pellets below' from this period,
as discussed in Timothy Kent, "London Silver Spoonmakers, 1500-1697", p.2 & 49.
("E.H Crowned",...many spoons, some of them of fine quality, including an exceptionally rare gold trefid,
have been noted with a maker's mark EH, not dissimilar to that of Lawrence Coles).
This particular mark was then attributed to Edward Hubbald, apprenticed to Jeremy Johnson in 1652,
or Edward Harrison, apprenticed to James Lapley in 1669.
Bonhams New Bond 2 Jul 2008 sale 15927, Fine Silver and Objects of Vertu,
offered as 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."
In the June 2008, "The Finial" (Silverspoons Club Journal),
regarding 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.
Hulse is listed as working1680 until 1691.
Condition : Excellent; without damages or repairs
the moulding with very nice crispness to the terminal font,
the high points of the bowl decoration showing only very minor softness to detail;
some light pitting to the bowl verso;
the markers mark good and clearly legible;
lion passant and London mark struck slightly to the side of the shaft
7" Long / .7 oz.