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Apostle spoon (St John)

Silver, parcel-gilt

Origin: London

Date: 1610-1611

18.2 cm length; 62 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1610-11, maker's mark a crescent or C enclosing a W, for William Cawdell

Bequeathed by A.T. Carter, 1947; WA1947.88

T. Schroder (2009), no. 329

This maker's mark was used by one of the most prolific spoon makers of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. His most important surviving work is the so-called Tichborne Celebrities of 1592, with finials modelled as pagan and Christian heroes from Alexander the Great to Elizabeth I.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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