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Lot 506

1736-1790 English Made Sterling Serving Spoons (2)

Estimate: $250 - $500

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For your consideration are two sterling & gold washed serving spoons made in England circa 1736-1790. The first spoon was made by Thomas Northcote in 1736 in London. Between 1766 and 1771, Thomas Northcote, a skilled maker of spoons and forks, served as Charles Hutton's apprentice. On August 20, 1776, he entered his first mark (TN), having spent five years working in Thomas Chawner's workshops. He briefly collaborated with George Bourne (TN/GB) during the middle of the eighteenth century before returning to working for himself. He was an expert in this craft as he is particularly remembered for the fine quality forks that bear his mark. He died in 1798 aged forty nine leaving his widow, Hannah, to continue the business. The spoon shows intricate designs and detail with stampings on the bottom of the neck. The stampings show the makers hallmark "TN", the lion passant showing the quality of the silver, the London town mark, and an "A" indicating the year it was made (1736). The bowl of the spoon is highly decorated with a floral and fruit design that has been gold washed. The spoon measures 8 1/4" L x 1 11/16" W x 7/8" H. The second spoon in this collection was made by Peter & Ann Bateman in London in 1790. Peter and John Bateman, the sons of Hester Bateman, registered their mark in 1790. This partnership only lasted a short time because Jonathan, who wed Ann Downlinff, passed away in 1791. The mark was changed to Peter and Ann Bateman in 1791. The trademark of Peter Bateman, Ann Bateman, and William (I) Bateman was registered in 1800. Jonathan and Ann Bateman's son, William, entered a partnership with his uncle Peter and his mother Ann in 1800. After Ann retired in 1805, Peter and William (I) Bateman's new mark was registered. The spoon is highly decorated on the handle and bowl and shows stampings on the bottom of the neck. The stampings show the makers hallmark "PB/AB", the lion passant mark certifying the quality of the silver, the London town mark, a right facing kings head showing it was made during George III rule, and a letter "P" indicating the year it was made (1790). This spoon also features a gold washed bowl giving it a golden hue. The spoon shows good condition overall with a light patina from its antique age and a small hole in the bowl of the spoon, but no other signs of damage are present. The spoon measures 8 3/4" L x 1 7/8" W x 1 1/8" H. The collective weight of the two spoons is 132.1 grams.

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