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Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Reference: S1511
Period: Charles I
Year: 1631
Silversmith: Daniel Cary
Place: London
Price: $ 2 400.00
Weight: 49 grams
Dimensions: 17.0 cm
Condition: Excellent, well preserved.

Description: A very rare and well preserved slip top spoon, of good gauge, by one of the "First Fifteen" London spoonmakers as identified by Tim Kent (London Silver Spoonmakers, 1500-1697). The slip top is engraved "BB, Feb 13, 1632", in a very attractive fashion, so probably was a Christening present. The spoon has a curved fig shaped bowl, and tapered hexagonal stem, ending in the slipped end. The bowl is hallmarked with crowned leopards head, the base of the stem with makers mark "D enclosing C" for Daniel Cary, alongside a well struck lion passant, and date letter O for 1631, struck at the end of the stem, as is usual during this period. The stem is attached to the bowl with a very stubby and rough rat tail, also usual for the period. This is a lovely spoon, and has a very good feel about it, I am tempted to use it (but have resisted!). A very similar spoon to this by Daniel Cary was sold in the Alexander James Collection of Early English Spoons, by Phillips in 1979. Lot 36 (pg 55), shows a slip top spoon made by Daniel Cary in 1630, with very similar style, shape and hallmarks. This particular spoon was exhibited in the Cardiff museum, and illustrated in the book "English Silver Spoons, by Snodin, plate 10, pg 25". This spoon is also depicted in "London Silver Spoonmakers" by Tim Kent, pg 27. Slip top spoons have also called "slipped in the stalk" spoons (Snodin, pg 25, and Gask, "Old Silver Spoons of England", pg 73, due to the similarity to a gardener slipping plant stalks. Daniel Cary worked between 1604 and 1641, he was a prolific spoonmaker, hence his inclusion as one of the "First Fifteen" by Tim Kent (London Silver Spoonmakers, pg 26). He had over 10 apprentices, including the highly regarded spoonmakers Steven Venables, John Feake, John Saunders and William Cary, all who are a part of the "First Fifteen". Daniel was also a churchwarden at St Peter's Westcheap (Kent pg 27).
Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Charles I Slip Top Spoon

Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Silver Slip Top Spoon - back

Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Slip Top with original engraving - 1632

Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Leopards head hallmark in bowl

Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Daniel Cary Makers Mark

Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
Date Letter O for 1631

Rare Charles I Slip Top Spoon - Daniel Cary
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