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Chocolate Spoon 

Dutch, c.1680

An unusually fine example: spiral stem, very well modeled hoof with detailed horse shoe and hairy hocks! Drinking chocolate was fashionable in this period. The hot chocolate needed frequent stirring in the cup to prevent it from coagulating. Small spoons like this were made for that purpose -- they are often miscalled children's spoons, but they were in fact for adults.


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Broad Rimmed Plate 

Germanic, c.1625

A good early broad rim in a plate size (rarer than a charger). Aristocratic coat of arms with a heraldic eagle (twice), a knight's helmet and a cross. No maker's touches.


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Lidded Half-Pint Measure 

Scottish, c.1830

Signed W. Scott, Edinburgh, inside lid, stamped 1/2 PINT with excise officers' seals. Crown cast in lid, shell thumb handle. Old collector's label underneath.


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Loving Cup 

English, 1780-1800

An attractive, two-handled form to be passed between two lovers, of course! By Ingram and Hunt, London. Nice set of pseudo hallmarks including the I & H touch. I & H touch also under base with old museum accession number.


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Triple-Reeded Charger 

English, 1680-1700

By John Greenbank II, Worcester. Mark IG between pellets alongside pseudo hallmarks. Owner's initials SP stamped on rim, later marriage triad STM engraved on back.Touch mark (almost illegible) Six generations of Greenbanks made pewter in Worcester: John II was a city alderman from 1683, d. 1700. An identical charger, but only 16-5/8" in diam, is in the Colonial Williamsburg collection.


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