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Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
Reference: S1563
Period: Edward VII
Year: 1905
Silversmith: Levi and Salaman
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 130.00
Weight: 51 grams
Dimensions: 18.0 cm
Condition: Excellent, no dents or wear.

Description: An interesting antique silver spoon, used as a prize in a rifle shooting competition in Natal (now Kwazulu Natal), South Africa. The stem has the cast inscription "For Making Central Bulls Eye", the back of the bowl has an applied plaque, the emblem of the Natal Rifle Association. It contains a seated Boer soldier on a horse, with the motto "Semper Parati" (Always Prepared), and the date 1862, we assume the date the association was formed. The horse and rider are well modelled, as can be seen in the photos. Semper Parati is now the motto of the Boy Scout movement, perhaps Baden Powell encountered it during his time in South Africa during the Boer war. The spoon was made by the highly regarded Levi & Salaman, and has Birmingham hallmarks for 1905.
Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
Natal Rifle Association Silver Bulls Eye Spoon

Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
Bulls Eye Silver Spoon

Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
Semper Parati 1862

Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
For making central bulls eye

Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
Levi & Salaman hallmarks

Natal Rifle Association Antique Silver Bulls Eye Spoon - Shooting Trophy
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