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Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6) - Banff, John McQueen, William Simpson     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11255
Period: George III
Year: 1816-1839
Silversmith: John McQueen, William Simpson I
Place: Banff
Price: $ 680.00
Weight: 74 grams
Dimensions: 12.7 cm
Condition: Fair, spoons have been welll used, wear to bowl tips. 2 Spoons with small dents to bowls, 2 spoons have kink to bowl (used to open tin?)

Description: A set of 6 Scottish Provincial Oar pattern teaspoons made in Banff circa 1820, 4 by John McQueen and 2 by William Simpson I. The Oar pattern is also called Fiddle without Shoulders (Pickford Silver Flatware page 111), it is a scarce variant only found in Scotland. All 6 teaspoons are engraved with original owners initials JJR, but close inspection of the engraving shows the 2 spoons by Simpson were engraved by a different hand, we presume this was done later to complete a set of Banff teaspoons. You can also see slight differences in the shape of the bowl and Fiddle in the 2 Simpson spoons when compared to the Mcqueen spoons, showing they were all made by hand. The hallmarks on all 6 spoons are good, the 4 McQueen spoons have the stub mark of McQueen - B, A, Scottish Thistle, McQ - mark BF35 in the Directory of Scottish Provincial Silversmiths by Richard Turner, a book we highly recommend. 2 spoons have wear to the B, and one spoon has wear to the McQ, probably a result of uneven punching. The 2 Simpson spoons are marked WS, H, B - (Turner mark BF43), all these marks are clearly struck, you can even see imperfections in the WS and H punch. B is presumed to indicate Banff, the H mark is still a mystery (all thoughts welcome). John McQueen worked between 1816 and 1839, William Simpson worked between 1810 and 1840 - Banff was a prosperous fishing town at the time, wealthy enough to sustain a number of silver smiths.
Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6) - Banff, John McQueen, William Simpson
Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6)

Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6) - Banff, John McQueen, William Simpson
Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons Banff

Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6) - Banff, John McQueen, William Simpson
Banff Scottish provincial silver hallmarks

Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6) - Banff, John McQueen, William Simpson
John McQueen, William Simpson, Banff silver hallmarks

Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons (Set of 6) - Banff, John McQueen, William Simpson
Scottish Provincial Silver Oar Pattern Teaspoons scale

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