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Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Reference: S1647
Period: Victorian
Year: 1853
Silversmith: Henry Samuel Ellis
Place: Exeter
Price: $ 290.00
Weight: 13 grams
Dimensions: 9.0 cm
Condition: Excellent, light scratches to bowl, no splits or repairs.

Description: A rare Exeter silver caddy spoon, made by Henry Samuel Ellis, who was only mentioned in the Exeter records in 1853, silver by him is rare (he died in 1878). The spoon has a vine leaf on the front of the handle, and a gilded fluted shell bowl. This is an unusual design, only used by Ellis in 1853 as far as we know (a few 1853 spoons by Ellis have this design, it is now called the HSE trademark leaf terminal - see www.antiquesilverspoons.co.uk and Bonhams - Knowle lot 121, 19/9/2006). The hallmarks are clear, the HSE makers mark is slightly worn at the top. Henry Samuel Ellis was Mayor of Exeter in 1868, his photograph is courtesy of www.exetermemories.co.uk. Henry Ellis and Son, advertised that their spoons were made with silver from the Combe Martin silver mine Story of the Caddy Spoon, 1775-2015, exhibition catalogue, page 35). Combe Martin is in North Devon, the disused silver mines are now a tourist attraction. Silver from Combe Martin was used for items in the crown jewels, it also financed war expenses of Edward III and Henry V.
Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Exeter silver caddy spoon - henry samuel ellis

Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Exeter silver caddy spoon - back, shell bowl

Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Leaf finial - Ellis terminal

Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Exeter hallmarks HSE

Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Scale

Exeter Silver Caddy Spoon - Henry Samuel Ellis
Henry Samuel Ellis, Exeter Mayor 1868

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