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Arts & Crafts Silver Hedgehog Christening Spoon - Francis Cooper     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1798
Period: Elizabeth II
Year: 1977
Silversmith: Francis Cooper
Place: London
Price: $ 780.00
Weight: 55 grams
Dimensions: 13.2 cm
Condition: Excellent

Description: A fabulous Arts & Crafts silver child's spoon, with a hedgehog finial, made by Francis Cooper, son of the famous John Paul Cooper, who was one of the leaders of the Arts and Crafts movement. Silver by Francis Cooper is quite rare, and is seldom seen (see www.antiquesilverspoons.co.uk for a beautiful tea strainer by Francis Cooper). The spoon has a well modeled hedgehog finial, mounted on a disc with 6 supports, one support is part of the spoon stem detail. The bowl is hand hammered at the back but smooth in front, with the drop and rat-tail part of the bowl. The spoon is exceptionally well made, and given it's superb gauge is a delight to hold (if you have small hands!). The hallmarks are very clear, and include gothic script FC makers mark and the Queens head Silver Jubilee mark for 1977. Francis Cooper (1906-1980, so this spoon was one of the last he produced) worked for his father as a metalworker from 1924 until his death in 1933. John Paul Cooper was an architect turned metalworker, who headed up metalwork at Birmingham School of Art from 1904-1907. He became famous for using shagreen (shark skin) and ostrich egg in his designs, which included jewellery. Francis Cooper is probably best remembered for designing and making the pen used by HM Queen Elizabeth II to sign the oath at her coronation in 1953, commissioned by the Scriveners Company (Designer British Silver, pg 511).
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