SOM-59B871: Post Medieval spoon

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Unique ID: SOM-59B871

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case 2016 T526: Not treasure, returned to finder

Description: A silver 'picture back' Hanoverian teaspoon with some damage to the bowl. The bowl is an elongated oval, bent and compressed at the point it joins the handle straightening this end and creating distinct corners. On the back of the bowl there is a single extended drop at the junction with the handle. Around the drop is a raised elaborate wavy edged shell and scroll design in the 'picture back' style. The very narrow handle (3.1mm at narrowest point) widens to a rounded end (12.6mm across) with a thickened tip (a 'pip') from which a very short ridge runs downs the centre of the handle. The end is bent up. On the back of the handle are two stamped marks on the narrow part nearer the bowl and an incised capital I (owners initial) on the widened tip. The marks are: a makers mark closer to the bowl, a recessed rectangle containing a raised I*T, and a lion passant showing it is sterling silver.

Dimensions: The spoon measures 121.5mm in length, 24.1mm maximum width across the bowl, 9.9mm thick on the bowl, 2.3mm on the handle and weighs 12.81grams.

Discussion: The variation of the Hanoverian design with upturned tip to the handle, elongated bowl, single elongated drop at the back and short ridge on the front of the handle and the 'picture back' decoration around the drop all suggests a mid-18th century date of c.AD 1740-1770.

A similar makers mark was registered in London for James Tookey, a maker of smallware, flatware and salts, in 1762 and it is probable he is the maker giving a suggested specific date of 1761 to 1766 based on known objects with this mark (Silver Makers Marks 2016).


The object appears to consist of over 10% precious metal but was less than 300 years old at the time of finding and as such does not qualify as potential Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.


Silver Makers Marks. 2016. Silver Makers' Marks - London Assay Office (I). [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 25 July 2016].

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T526


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1761
Date to: Circa AD 1766

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 121.5 mm
Width: 24.1 mm
Thickness: 9.9 mm
Weight: 12.81 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st April 2016 - Saturday 30th April 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Julie Shoemark
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T526

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: North Dorset (District)
To be known as: Stalbridge

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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