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Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1879
Period: George III
Year: 1797
Silversmith: Thomas Wallis
Place: London
Price: $ 370.00
Weight: 128 grams
Dimensions: 22.0 cm
Condition: Excellent, very slight wear to rhs side of bowl from use.

Description: A lovely pair of Old English pattern tablespoons, with Leopards head family crest. The leopard is quite realistically engraved, and looks quite fierce. The hallmarks are excellent, as good as they could be, a journeyman's mark (the silversmith who made the spoons in the Wallis workshop) of 2 dots is also present. What is of interest about these hallmarks is the double cusp on the duty mark, to the right and base, this mark was only used between 6 July 1797 and 28 May 1798, 6 July being the date at which duty on silver was doubled from sixpence to one shilling. Jackson shows the 2 cusps to the left and base, this mark was never used on spoons, it was only used on tongs and knife blades that did not require the London town mark (Tony Dove, in an article entitled "The cusped duty used at the assay offices from 1797", in the Finial Vol. 14-04). 1797 was the first year a cusp was used, it was used again periodically when duty changed. The different assay offices applied the usage of cusps differently.
Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
Georgian silver tablespoons - Leopard Crest

Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
Georgian silver tablespoons

Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
Back of georgian silver spoons

Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
Hallmarks, london 1797, Thomas Wallis

Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
Cusped duty mark 1797, journeyman mark

Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
Leopards head engraved crests

Georgian Silver Tablespoons (Pair) - Leopards Head Crest, Cusped Duty 1797
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