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'Puritan' spoon


Origin: London

Date: 1669-1670

19.1 cm length; 42 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1669-70, maker's mark LC, pellet between, crown above, crescent below, probably for Lawrence Coles

Bequeathed by A.T. Carter, 1947; WA1947.157

T. Schroder (2009), no. 373

Spoons of this form seem to have appeared in England around 1650, with most surviving examples dating to the 1660s. Contrary to the name's socio-religious connotations, this type seems to have originated in Paris at the end of the sixteenth century.

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

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