Item: Spoon Description: Laceback Trefid
Hallmark: Taunton circa 1693 by Richard Hamlin Dimensions: 192mm;
Comments: A rare West Country lace
back trefid spoon dating from the reign of William & Mary.
The laceback design to the reverse of the bowl and front
of the terminal are typical of the types found on Taunton made spoons of
the late 17th Century. According to Kent in "West Country Silver
Spoons & Their Makers", the spoon makers within Taunton (Thomas
& Ellen Dare, Samuel Dell and Richard Hamlin) were known to share
their dies. Hamlin is described by Kent as one of the most important spoon
makers of the period and the "RH" marks displayed on this spoon
are illustrated as figure M.61 within the book.
This spoon was heavily tarnished when purchased, but has
cleaned up beautifully revealing just some minor loss of detail to the
laceback designs. The dated betrothal initials to the reverse terminal are
arranged in typical Taunton fashion with the date on the middle line. An
Ellen Dare spoon of 1691 with a similar form of engraving is shown in
"West Country.." on plate K1 (page 166).
A near identical Hamlin spoon with 1694 dated betrothal
engraving is illustrated in "Spoones & Gobletts" by Tim Kent
as item number 42. The laceback design to the front is identical (back not
shown). This book discusses 17th century Somerset silver.
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