Antique, Sterling Stuffing or Basting spoon.
A nice, inexpensive, example of a Georgian stuffing or basting spoon in the Old English pattern. The handle is engraved with a crest, possibly a bird of prey (Falcon/Eagle?)
Hallmarks: Thomas Wallis II, London, 1790 and the Duty mark of George III.
Weight: 91.08 approx.
Length: 12" (30cm)
Width of Bowl: 1 7/8" (48mm)
Condition: For a piece that is over 200 years old, it's looking pretty good. There is some bowl wear and many small marks over the whole piece with the most noticeable being near the hallmark. There is a darkening (copper oxide) at the end of the handle and in a few other spots indicating that this piece has been heated at some time in its history, possibly in a fire. I have not removed this as it would alter the surface patina and the appearance of the piece. The spoon does not appear to have been annealed as a result.
All vintage items have been used and loved before they find their next owner, so they should always be used with a little more care than a brand-new piece. Some minor scratches are normal. All vintage pieces I sell have been thoroughly cleaned and lightly polished when required. If repairs are needed before it's offered for sale, they are completed sympathetically.
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