Antique Silver Jockey Cap Caddy Spoon
Maker: Samuel Pemberton
A rare and collectable early silver caddy spoon in the form of a jockey cap. It has a ribbed design...
A rare and collectable early silver caddy spoon in the form of a jockey cap. It has a ribbed design and a plain centre button with the initial “G” in old fashioned script. Weight 8 grams. Measures 5.5 x 3.8 cms. Birmingham 1798. No maker’s mark* but almost certainly made in Birmingham by Samuel Pemberton. For a similar example see ‘Caddy Spoons, an Illustrated Guide’ by John Norrie, plate 95c.
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 this one in the form of a jockeys cap, can command a high price.
Signed/Inscribed: *On page 87 of ‘Caddy Spoons, an Illustrated Guide’, by John Norrie, in the section about jockey cap caddy spoons, John Norrie writes: ‘A proportion of these (ribbed jockey cap caddy spoons), seem to have been stock items for the retail trade, for they are frequently found assayed, usually with the sterling, duty and date marks, but without a maker’s mark. In other cases the date letter is missing.’ At this period small items were exempt from being fully marked.
This unusual spoon is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Stamped on the side with the King George's head duty mark, sterling silver lion mark and the date letter. No town mark* but this will without doubt have been made in Birmingham. No maker's mark*. 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: Samuel Pemberton
Samuel Pemberton, a jeweller and toymaker from Snow Hill, Birmingham, registered several silver marks at Birmingham Assay Office between 1773 and 1801. His son Samuel Pemberton (1738-1803) was a Guardian of the Assay Office in 1793. Other Pembertons participated in the silver trade including another Samuel Pemberton and Thomas Pemberton. They were in partnership with Roger Mitchell from c.1812 to 1821. Thomas Pemberton was a Guardian of the Assay Office from 1824 until 1830
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