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Title:basting spoon
Date Made:1719-1720
Type:Food Service
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 12 1/4 in.; 31.115 cm
Accession Number:  HD 75.188

Silver basting or serving spoon with an upturned spatulate-end handle with a midrib and large elliptical bowl with a rattail, and engraved with the crest of a dog passant on the back of the handle, which is marked "DA" over a pellet in a shield for either Isaac Dalton (mark first registered 1711) or Josiah Daniel (mark first registered 1715), and the date letter "D" for 1719-1720 and the London hallmarks Brittania and lion's head erased. 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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