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Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1750
Period: George IV
Year: Circa 1830
Silversmith: James Stobie & John Pringle
Place: Perth
Price: $ 840.00
Weight: 139 grams
Dimensions: 14.0cm
Condition: Good, slight wear to tips from use, a few very small dents from use. Very slight split to one tip, on front only, does not go through bowl.

Description: A rare set of 8 Scottish provincial silver teaspoons from Perth in the Fiddle and Shell pattern, circa 1830. Five spoons are by James Stobie, the remaining 3 by John Pringle, both worked in Perth at the same time. All are single struck, as is usual for Scottish flatware, and all are engraved with original owners initials JIJ. The shell pattern struck by the 2 different makers is slightly different, so these were struck in different workshops using different moulds (the Stobie shell is flatter and convex, the Pringle shell is more raised and concave). The differences are quite small, not really visible unless closely scrutinised. The Pringle bowls also have slightly narrower bowls and the engraving is not quite as crisp. They also seem to have aged slightly better than the Stobie spoons, so perhaps fractionally better quality? All 8 spoons have clear hallmarks, S, JS, double headed eagle (Perth town mark), JS for the Stobie spoons, and I.P, I.P, double headed eagle, I.P for the Pringle spoons. Both of these are slightly different variants than those recorded by Richard Turner (Scottish Provincial Silversmiths and Their Marks), showing that Provincial silversmiths were not too concerned about order. One JS mark has also been struck upside-down.John Pringle was freed in 1827, he worked until 1860 and died in 1876, leaving an estate of GBP 332 (Perth Silver, pg 32). Stobie was a jeweller and dentist, he was freed in 1821 and worked until 1866.
Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
Scottish Provincial Silver teaspoons - Perth

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
John Pringle Perth, Scottish Provincial silver

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
Scottish provincial teaspoons, perth hallmarks

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
Perth silver teaspoons - back

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
Scottish provincial shell, Perth, initials

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
Perth silver shell teaspoon

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
Scottish provincial spoons - scale

Scottish Provincial Silver Shell Teaspoons (set of 8) - Perth, James Stobie, John Pringle
James Stobie, John Pringle, Scottish provincial silver hallmarks

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