Silver spoon

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Silver spoon

This silver tablespoon was made in the 1650s by James Simpson, a goldsmith in Edinburgh. The spoon may be unique as this type of design is unrecorded elsewhere.

The stem is square in section and crudely decorated with zigzag pattern ending in a neck-band resembling three courses of brickwork. At the top is a roughly-incised 'Union-Jack' type of cross.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-004-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1958.43
Date: 1650s
1651 - 1659
Material: Silver. Inscription: On lower back of handle: IS [a pellet between]; castle; IF [a pellet between]; on back of bowl: S[ir] / G M / D[ame] / A S
Dimensions: 190 mm max L; bowl 55 mm W
What: Spoon, tablespoon
Who: James Fairbairne (Assay master)
James Symontoun (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Silver tablespoon by James Symontoun, Edinburgh, 1651 - 1653 or 1657 - 1659, scratch-engraved on the back of the bowl with contemporary initials 'S(ir) G M D(ame) A S'
  • Jackson, p. 542 - 543 
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