M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
RARE QUEEN ANNE BRITANNIA STANDARD DOGNOSE (WAVY-END) TEASPOON
London, 1709, Lacking Maker's Mark
The small teaspoon of heavy gauge silver, with ovoid bowl and rattail attachment,
the stem with only date and London mark (as was often the case due to the lack of space);
the dognose (wavy-end) terminal not showing signs of engraving or erasure
Notes of Interest :
Tea was taken up c1660 by the court of Charles II. Small spoons, now referred to as 'teaspoons',
were probably used for tea, as well as for coffee and chocolate - also popular at that time.
In some inventories, these small spoons were not distinguished from what we now call 'sweetmeat' spoons.
Both tea and sweetmeat spoons imitated the larger spoons in fashion at the time,
beginning with trefid, and in the late 1600s, the dognose or wavy-end spoon.
Prior to 1782, teaspoons (or sweetmeats) were seldom fully marked.
And teaspoons before c1730 are known to be very rare indeed.
Condition : There is a possible small reinforcement to the juncture of the bowl and stem at one side,
just under 1/8', visible on the bowl down side only.
4.25" Long / .3 oz.
Shown with a nickel for scale
Shown together with
A Rare George I Britannia Standard Canon-Handled Basting Spoon, Gundry Roode, London, 1715
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Rare Queen Anne Britannia Silver Dognose (Wavy-End) Teaspoon, London, 1709, Lacking Maker's Mar
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