NMGW-D98884: Medieval silver spoon

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Unique ID: NMGW-D98884

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Medieval silver spoon, now in two parts, comprising a bent handle junction with bowl, and the remaining bowl, folded twice. The stem is hexagonal at the base, becoming circular in cross-section mid-way along the shaft up to the simple devolved 'diamond-point' terminal. The underside of the bowl at the junction with the handle bears what appears to be a wriggle work cross-crosslet, now only partially visible, on the base of the bowl at the junction with the handle.

The overall length is 81.55mm; maximum thickness of stem 3.3.x 3mm; bowl width about 32mm; bowl thickness 1mm; weight 17.99g.

The object has not undergone any cleaning or conservation.


In terms of size and form, the spoon is of 15th-century date. The engraved cross suggests an ecclesiastical or monastic association/ownership mark. Similar crosses occur on pottery from abbeys and friaries, such as Vale ware glazed jugs from Cardiff Blackfriars (Lewis 1978, 7 no. 5) and the Bishop's Palace, Llandaff (on wasters). For a similar type, of higher quality manufacture, dated c. 1450 see Emery 1976, fig. 47, right. Examples from London of the same pointed oval bowl form, stem and knop have been found in contexts dated c. 1350-1450 (Egan 1998, nos 762, 763, 765, 770).

A similar medieval spoon reported from Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, had 'crude scratchers' thought to represent crude ownership marks (TAR 2003, no. 216). The Pembroke Community spoon is also similar in form to five late fourteenth-century spoons found at Abberley, Worcestershire (British Museum BM reg. no. 1965,0703,1-5). One is lightly scratched at junction of stem and bowl with a shield divided saltire-wise.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2015TRW37


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 81.55 mm
Width: 32 mm
Thickness: 3.3 mm
Weight: 17.99 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 10th November 2015

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Mark Redknap
Identified by: Mr Mark Redknap

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2015TRW37

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Wales (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Pembrokeshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Pembrokeshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: Pembroke (Community)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SN0001
Four figure Latitude: 51.67207597
Four figure longitude: -4.8938168
1:25K map: SN0001
1:10K map: SN00SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: NMGW
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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