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Unique ID: SOM-48A99C

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Treasure case 2017 T917: Disclaimed, returned to finder

Description: A late Medieval to Post-Medieval silver spoon, broken and bent at the handle with the end of the handle and knop missing. The bowl is fig shaped with a probable town mark or makers or workshop mark on the front near the stem. The mark appears to be multiple pellets, within a pellet line circle. The handle is joined to the bowl with a V which extends slightly onto the back of the bowl. The handle is hexagonal in section, worn and corroded with no marks now visible. The broken end of the handle has been bent over 120 degrees before the break.

Dimensions: The spoon now measure 107.3mm long. The bowl is 60.1mm long by 43.1mm wide and 8.8mm thick and the piece weighs 17.71g.

Discussion: The bowl form and narrow stem suggest a date of AD 1400-1650. Without a hall mark or knop it is not possible to be more precise in dating. The mark cannot be easily paralleled. It does not appear to be the pelleted circle used at Salisbury or the berry mark used by the Quicks at Barnstaple (Kent 1992) although it is close to the latter. In the report for 2010 T103 (Thornton 2010) it is suggested that a lozenge of pellets on the back of the bowl of that spoon represents Exeter but this is not reported in Kent (1992). If this is a similar mark it is here within a circle and not identical to that on 2010 T103.

The spoon appears to consist of over 10% precious metal and be over 300 years old at the time of finding and as such qualifies as potential Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Laura Burnett

Finds Liaison Officer for Devon and Somerset

January 2018


Kent, T. A. 1992. West Country Silver Spoons and their makers 1550-1750. London: Bourdon-Smith

Thornton, D. 2010. SOM-D55774: A POST MEDIEVAL SPOON Web page available at: [Accessed: 23 Jan 2018 14:00:00]

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T917


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Circa AD 1650

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 107.3 mm
Width: 43.1 mm
Thickness: 8.8 mm
Weight: 17.71 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T917

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: South Somerset (District)
To be known as: Muchelney CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Recorded at a rally
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland

References cited

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