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possibly made in Glasgow

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This silver teaspoon was made in the mid 18th century, possibly by James Napier, a Glasgow silversmith. It is known as a 'Scots fiddle' pattern spoon from the shape of the stem. This pattern was popular in Scotland during the second half of the 18th century.

The teaspoon has a long egg-shaped bowl. The back of the stem is stamped, 'IN' which possibly stands for James Napier.

Tea drinking was only just coming into Scotland in the late 17th century. In the 18th and 19th centuries, as eating habits became more sophisticated, cutlery items were produced in greater numbers and had an increasingly diverse range of patterns.

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