A silver puritan or Commonwealth era spoon of typical shape London circa 1655 made by RW.
Provenance. From a private collection.
Rare Silver Puritan Commonwealth Era Spoon c1665
Typical puritan spoon made by RW circa 1655 during the British Civil War when Charles I had been beheaded and Charles II was in exile in France. Silver was scarce as much of it was melted down. Lavish styles were surpressed.
The spoon has an oval bowl in fair condition with the stem square in profile. There are the remnants of pin prick engraved initials to the reverse of the terminal. The stem fits into the bowl with a v shaped heel which has some excess solder to one side.
This spoon carries the makers mark R over W which we have not traced but has been recorded on other silver spoons of this era (Woolley & Wallace lot 296 Oct 2013). The lion passant is present and struck off centre, the leopard is stamped clearly on the bowl.
The date letter is there in trace only as it is towards the terminal and thus handled more with normal usage which again is normal with spoons of this sort and era.