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Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1974
Period: George III
Year: 1815-1880
Silversmith: WE WE WC
Place: Canton, China
Price: $ 1 400.00
Weight: 150 grams
Dimensions: 28.5 cm
Condition: Excellent, some light scratches in bowl.

Description: A Chinese Export silver gravy straining spoon in the Fiddle pattern, also called a dividing spoon, with no engraving. The spoon, which is large serving spoon size, has a vertical divider with vertical slits in the bowl, this is fixed (some versions have removable dividers). The spoon is excellent quality, easily comparable with a top class English Georgian spoon. The hallmarks are excellent, and include pseudo duty mark, pseudo crowned leopards head (London town mark pre 1821), pseudo date letter P with cut corners, pseudo lion passant and makers mark WE WE WC. This is an imitation of the makers mark for William Eley, William Fearn and William Chawner. The style of the lettering in the makers mark is quite distinctive, the font is a little crude, distinctly different from the real Eley, Fearn & Chawner mark. The Chinese Export silver collectors guide (4th edition, pg 763-767) says this maker remains unidentified, but was responsible "for an astounding production of silver items, almost all in the European neo-classical style. The work of WE WE WC is par excellence, it can rival the best of English, European and American silversmiths of the Georgian era. There is no such thing as a poor piece of WE WE WC silver. To have the wherewithal to create silver that rivaled the finest European and American silversmiths of the Georgian era is a feat that, as yet, has not been fully comprehended. All WE WE WC items of silver should be regarded as being highly sought after, they are all potentially of museum quality". They further note that this maker is one of the most discussed since research into Chinese export Silver began.
Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC
Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC

Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC
Antique silver gravy straining spoon bowl

Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC
Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC, back of spoon

Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC
Chinese export silver pseudo hallmarks, we we wc

Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC
Chinese Export Silver Gravy Straining Spoon - WE WE WC, scale

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