Silver spoon

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Possibly, made in Dundee

Postcard of Silver spoon.
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Silver spoon

This is the back of a silver spoon dating from around 1640. It is known as a Puritan-end spoon and is very rare in Scotland, this being one of only five known examples. It was possibly made by Thomas Lindsay, a silversmith in Dundee.

The bowl is engraved with the initials 'A S I M'. The end of the stem is engraved with the date 1640.

The Puritan-end spoon probably gets its name from the fact that it originally appeared during the period of Puritan domination in England. The Puritan name may also be because the spoon has a very plain shape.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-082-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1176
Date: Around 1640
c. 1650
Material: Silver. Inscription: TL; [Dundee mark]
Dimensions: 174 mm L; 61 mm x 48 mm (bowl)
What: Spoon
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: Thomas Lindsay (?), Dundee (Silversmith)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: Silver spoon with a Puritan stem engraved with stylized flowers and leaves at the end, possibly by Thomas Lindsay, Dundee, c. 1650
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