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RARE WILLIAM & MARY CANON-HANDLED BRITANNIA SILVER BASTING SPOON

Lawrence Jones, London 1697

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697

 

The large deep bowl verso with rattail attachment and engraved with original arms

for the Family of Thornbury :
Per fess gules and argent a lion rampant azure

Below a Secondary Crest :
A cubit arm the hand holding a dagger erect (proper?)

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697, arms verso


the long tapered handle terminating in a baluster finial (with air hole);
and punched to the shaft with lion's head erased, a mark rubbed out, and maker's mark twice :
mark Grimwade #1557, Jo beneath a crown, mullet below;

and a second Lawrence Jones mark overstruck with an unknown letter "S";

the bowl marked with date, lion's head erased and Britannia

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697, Lawrence Jones mark

 

Lawrence Jones :
Apprenticed to John King, 1676, free 1686, registering as largeworker (LI within a shield, fleur de lis below),

April 1696, at Old Bailey, working there until 1724.

Lawrence Jones followed the specialist spoonmaking trade.
The Copper Plate Company, pre-1697, indicates Jones as one of their top 20 spoonmakers.
In 1697, Jones entered his New Standard mark, (Grimwade #1557),
and having a "successful career thereafter"(Grimwade)

 

A basting spoon by Lawrence Jones, c1690, with large coat of arms to the bowl verso is illustrated
"London Silver Spoonmakers, 1590 to 1697", Timothy Kent, p.53, P
l.7.

 

Condition : The bowl with what appears to be several old dents or repairs to the heel;

two small dents to the shaft; otherwise in excellent condition and of heavy gauge silver;

some rubbing to bottom of arms mantle

 

15" Long / 5.5oz

 

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#7871

 

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Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697

 

Showing above the small dent to the handle

 

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697, bowl marks

  

Marks, Bowl Rim

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697, marks

 

Shaft Marks, Jones at the base, and the mark of Jones with "S" over-striking immediately above

 

 

 

Rare William & Mary Canon-Handled Britannia Silver Basting Spoon, Lawrence Jones, London 1697, bowl interior

 

The Arms of Thornbury


The arms as engraved upon this William and Mary Cannon-Handled Britannia

Basting Spoon by Lawrence Jones hallmarked London 1697

are those of the family of Thornbury.

They may be blazoned as follows:

Arms: Per fess gules and argent a lion rampant azure1

There is also a Secondary Crest engraved above the arms:

A cubit arm the hand holding a dagger erect (proper?)

Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary this basting

spoon may well have been in the possession of the family of Thornbery. Sadly, there

is dearth of heraldic and genealogical information concerning this family. Perhaps,

this branch of the Thornberys may have claimed a cousinship to the Thornburys who

resided in the County of Hertfordshire from the the 14th and 15th Centuries?

So saying, it is difficult to come to a definitive conclusion.

Certainly, the secondary crest was engraved later. Presently it is difficult to identify it

with any certainty as several families bear a similar crest.

1 This identification depends on slight vertical hatching for 'gules' (red) seen in the chief of these arms.


Heraldry Courtery of John Tunesi of Liongam
MSc, FSA Scot, Hon FHS, QG

 

 


 

Also See :

 

 

Pair Charles II Silver Lace Back & Front Spoons,Robert King, London, 1678

 

 

 

A Rare George I Britannia Standard Canon-Handled Basting Spoon, Gundry Roode, London, 1715

 

Shown together with

A Rare Queen Anne Britannia Standard Dognose (Wavy-End) Teaspoon, London, 1709

 

 

 


 

 

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