Bright Cut Caddy Spoon by Hester Bateman

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Caddy Spoon - Bright-cut engraved with scallop bowl - London 1786 by Hester Bateman - 72mm long - Ref. No.: EO/1733</p>

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This is a beautiful example of a Hester Bateman caddy spoon that was originally given as a wedding gift. The handle is most attractively engraved around a shield-shaped cartouche which bears an engraved betrothal triangle. Eighteenth century fashions dictated that silver wedding gifts were personalised with the initials of the happy couple; the first letter of the surname was always uppermost in the triangle and the first name initials of the happy couple underneath.

This handsome spoon carries a deep scallop-shaped bowl which was a trademark feature of many of the Bateman family caddy spoons. It is in excellent condition with hallmarks to reverse - the makers mark is partly mis-struck, but the distinctive  letter "H" in script is clear to be seen.