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Early Irish Silver Rat Tail Hanoverian Tablespoon - Esther Forbes, 1729, MacDowell Family Crest     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11139
Period: George II
Year: 1729
Silversmith: Esther Forbes
Place: Dublin
Price: $ 340.00
Weight: 73 grams
Dimensions: 21.1 cm
Condition: Excellent, very slight wear to tip.

Description: An early Irish silver rat-tail Hanoverian tablespoon, made in 1729 by Esther Forbes, the widow of Robert Forbes. The spoon is lovely quality, a pleasing weight, and in remarkably good condition. The spoon has a deep frontal rib running halfway down the handle, with a strong turn-up, and the traditional rat-tail used before 1730. The spoon has original engraved family crest on the back of the spoon (spoons were placed face down at this period), the crest featured a raised arm in armour holding a cross (slight wear to the cross). The 3 hallmarks are clear, makers mark EF in oval punch (slight wear to F, looks more like EE), date letter gothic K for 1729, and crowned harp, with slight wear but clearly discernable. This spoon predates the Irish Hibernia mark which was introduced in 1731. Robert Forbes worked between 1701 and his death in 1718, his widow Esther continued the business until 1729. A number of their spoons have survived. Robert was a Quarter Brother (Collecting Irish Silver by Douglas Bennett, page 143). Note -We have been informed the crest is the MacDowell family, descended from Scottish MacDougall's who moved from Scotland to Ireland in the 15th century. Note 2 - We had previously attributed this spoon to Mary Barrett, who used her husband's Edward Barrett EB mark, but have now confirmed the maker to be Esther Forbes.
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