Bright-cut Silver Caddy Spoon by Hester Bateman
Caddy Spoon - Bright-cut Engraved - London 1784 by Hester Bateman - 7.3cm long - FG/2930
The distinctive form of this beautiful silver caddy spoon means it must have been made in the Bateman silversmithing workshop and a real bonus is the presence of a very clear example of the sought after "HB" maker's mark of the first in line of that dynasty and so called "Queen of English Silvermiths", Hester Bateman.
The spoon has a beautiful bright-cut engraved handle and the trademark feature that identifies its manufacture is the scalloped-shaped bowl. The cartouche to terminal is engraved with an original script engraved ownership monogram and in addition to Hester Bateman's maker's mark, the reverse side is stamped with a great example of the incuse king's head duty mark that was only used during an 18-month period (1784-86). This lovely caddy spoon is in excellent condition and a great example of the type.