Twelve Stuart and Hanoverian English Silver Mote Spoons
Sold for $688
late 17th- to mid-18th centuries, including two rattail examples, three shell-heel examples, two gilt examples, with four others, l. 5" to 6"; together with a larger spurious example converted from a Georgian tablespoon, l. 9".
13 pieces total
4.53 total t. oz.
Provenance: The Collection of the Late Dr. E. Ralph Lupin, New Orleans, Louisiana.
**All pieces in good to very good condition. One shell-heel spoon has some dents in the bowl and a tiny break in the piercing. One plain drop spoon has minor kink across the bowl and a tiny (1/16") tear on the edge of the bowl. One rattail spoon has two small tears (1/16" and 1/8") on either side of the drop at the bowl. One gilt spoon has some damage to the tip, possibly a repair. The other seven original spoons in good condition. The large, spurious spoon has evidence of repair where the bowl meets the handle. With the exception of one gilt spoon with pierced crosslets bearing the mark of Samuel Key, none of the pieces have legible, identifiable marks and (as is common with mote spoons) most are only part-marked.