ESS-44B168: ESS-44B168 Post Medieval Spoon

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Unique ID: ESS-44B168

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure Case: 2011 T508 "Harold Hill" Area, Essex: Post Medieval Spoon

Date of Discovery: 1982

Circumstances of discovery: Found whilst gardening

Date: Post Medieval late 17th - 18th century

Description: Post Medieval silver spoon. The bowl is oval and has been slightly distorted. The handle is plain with a tri-lobed terminal; the reverse of the bowl has a raised triangular extension from the join with the handle. The reverse of the handle has a makers mark, formed of the initials HA with two crosses and a crown above.

Discussion: The spoon was discovered approximately 30 years ago, whilst gardening. Due to the date of discovery, the spoon was reported retrospectively as Treasure Trove. Under the laws in effect at that time, an item had to be believed to have been buried with the intent of later recovery. This find is likely to be the product of a casual loss, and therefore fails to qualify as Treasure Trove.

Addendum 18.02.2015 B. Paites

The object has since been published in the Antique spoon collectors magazine "The Finial" (McKinley, D. 2012. A Mysterious Harache Spoon. The Finial: Volume 23/01,September/October 2012. London: Daniel Bexfield Antiques). In the article it mentions the association of this spoon with the late 17th to early 18th century metalworker Peter Harache and is one of few small objects that are known to be made by this individual.

Disposition: Not Treasure Trove: to be retained by Landowner/finder

Report by: Laura McLean (Finds Liaison Officer, Essex) & Catherine Newley (Assistant Curator of Social History Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service). December 2011.


Recorded from photograph. object not seen by FLO

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being declared not Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2011T508


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Date from: Circa AD 1650
Date to: Circa AD 1750

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 17th March 2011

Personal details

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Recorded by: Laura McLean
Identified by: Laura McLean
Secondary identifier: Miss Catherine Newley

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Find recorded via email
Treasure case number: 2011T508

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: London (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Greater London Authority (Greater London Authority)
District: Havering (London Borough)
To be known as: Harold Hill

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

No references cited so far.

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