Antique Silver Caddy Spoon
Maker: Joseph Willmore
A pretty little Victorian sterling silver caddy spoon with a shell shaped bowl and shaped shell handle. With a very...
A pretty little Victorian sterling silver caddy spoon with a shell shaped bowl and shaped shell handle. With a very pretty embossed flower design to the bowl. Weight 11 grams. Length 7.7 cms. Width 4.2 cms. Birmingham 1822. Maker Joseph Willmore.
Literature: Caddy spoons were made from 1780 onwards and come in numerous designs. They were designed to measure 1 spoonful of tea and were usually kept with the tea caddy. Rare examples, such as those in the form of a jockeys cap, can command a high price.
This attractive silver spoon is in good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped with clear English silver hallmarks. The bowl is not worn, the engraving is crisp. There are a few mini dinks on the end of the handle. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Joseph Willmore
Born in 1773, Joseph Willmore was the grandson of Thomas Willmore, an original member of the Birmingham Assay Office established 1773. Thomas’ first mark used 1773-1801 in partnership with James Alston, though working independently. Willmore was a buckle maker, Alston a button maker. Joseph registered his mark in 1806 at the Birmingham Assay Office as a snuff-box maker, for which he is highly regarded, especially for his snuff boxes with repoussé or ‘castle-top’ lids. He later also registered at the London Assay Office in 1814-15, opening a showroom in Bouverie Street. Joseph took on his grandfather’s business on his death in 1816, and expanded the variety of silver wares. For example, at the Birmingham Assay Office, he registered as a maker of knife and fork handles in 1831, and a maker of silver-gilt knives, forks and spoons in 1832. He continued to register makers marks until 1843, and died in 1855. His apprentice George Unite became a renowned silversmith in his own right.
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