Tain Silver Mustard Spoon, c.1830
Mustard Spoon - Fiddle pattern - Tain circa 1830 by Richard Wilkie - 12.7cm long; 10.7g - CT/1740
Tain is Scotland's oldest Royal burgh and is a small northern town in Ross-shire. In silver terms, the town produced a small quantity from a number of highly accomplished silversmiths and the "TAIN" town stamp is seen as a must-have mark for collectors of Scottish provincial silver.
This charming fiddle pattern mustard spoon is clearly struck with the sought-after town mark, plus the "RW" maker's stamp of Richard Wilkie and the Scottish thistle mark. The spoon retains some of its original gilding to the bowl and a script engraved "B" to the front terminal. Apart from a few scratches to the bowl this rare Scottish piece is in fine condition.