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Maker(s):Archer, Andrew
Culture:English (d.1725)
Title:basting spoon
Date Made:1715-1716
Type:Food Service
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 12 3/4 in.; 32.385 cm
Accession Number:  HD 75.187

Silver basting or serving spoon with a rattail marked "AR" in an oval for Andrew Archer (d.1725) of London; the hallmarks Brittania, lion's head erased, and the date letter "B" for 1715-1716; and engraved with the the crest of a wheat sheaf uplifted by two arms on the handle. 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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