SUSS-FBD244: Papal spoon

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Unique ID: SUSS-FBD244

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete (probably) silver spoon with gilding. The spoon still has the bowl (which is concave), the stem (which is made up if twists of metal) and the knop (depicting an anthropomorphic figure). The figure is male and is holding a spherical object in his left hand. The figure is dressed in Tudor style costume (including a cape, tights and knee length trousers). The detail on the figures face and costume is very fine, depicting all facial features and the creases in the material, as well as the buttons on his shirt. He is standing on a sort of plinth. The figure is 36.05mm in height, 5.97mm in width (arm to arm) and 19.14mm thick (back to front). The stem of the spoon has been made to look like two strands of metal twisted together (it measures 3.06mm in thickness). Where the stem joins the bowl there is a small bird with wings open acting as the joint. This is also a highly decorated part of the spoon. The bowl of the spoon is symmetrical and concave. The bowl measures 29.88mm in length, 22.20mm in width and the dish of the spoon measures a maximum of 6.64mm in thickness. There are no maker’s marks on the spoon. In total the spoon measures 120.11mm and weighs 21.96g. The spoon does not appear to be an apostle spoon or any of the other usual types one would expect to find. The spoon does appear to be made of silver and then gilded.


Due to the fact that this spoon was found over 50 years ago, it has not been taken through the Treasure Act process.

Class: Papal

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 120.11 mm
Weight: 21.96 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 1st January 1950

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Decoration style: Figurative

Surface Treatment: Gilded

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Worthing (District)
To be known as: Goring area

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Gardening
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Garden

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Moore, S. 1987 Spoons 1650-1930 Princes Risborough Shire Publications Ltd pp4-5

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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