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James I Seal Top Spoon, 1615

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Spoon - Seal top - London 1615 by James Cluatt - 17cm long; 42g - AE/8547

James I Seal Top Spoon, 1615









Details

James Cluatt was apprenticed in 1584 to the William Cawdell and after gaining his freedom in 1604 became one of the premier specialist spoonmakers of the early 17th century. This James I period silver seal top spoon is a typical examples of his wares and has an attractively decorated baluster-shaped seal.

 

The spoon has all the features one would expect from an early 17th century spoon and has the bonus of some very crisp hallmarks. The reverse of the bowl has an interesting later dot-prick engraved betrothal inscription within a scroll surround and dated to 1661. The flamboyant cartouche perhaps represents a celebration of the end of puritanism and the start of a new, less dour period with the Restoration of the monarchy.

 

The condition and patina of the spoon is generally good although the leading edge of the bowl is a little sharp and the bowl has a few minor dings. All in all, a good spoon for the price.

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