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Maker(s):Jones, Lawrence
Title:basting spoon
Date Made:1703-1704
Type:Food Service
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 12 1/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in; 30.7975 cm x 5.715 cm x 3.81 cm
Accession Number:  HD 75.174

Silver basting or serving spoon with an elongated oval bowl and slightly upturned dognose handle, which is marked with a crown over "Jo" for Lawrence Jones; the London hallmarks of Brittania, lion's head erased, and the date letter "B" for 1703-1704 on the back of the spoon; and engraved with the crest of a crown with four balls and double trellis on the underside of the spoon tip. There was a sudden diversity of spoons produced during the English post-Restoration period, which included basting spoons that doubled as soup and punch ladles with their deep and eliptical bowls. In addition, in 2003, the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibited a similar spoon identified as a cook's spoon and dating to 1701-1702, which the label noted: "Cooks in grand houses were issued with their own silver spoon."

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