William III Antique Silver Cannon Handle Spoon


Stock: 10235

Date: 1697

Maker: William Fawdery

Country: England

A massive antique sterling silver hash spoon with the long tubular handle and a large deep bowl with a rattail...

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A massive antique sterling silver hash spoon with the long tubular handle and a large deep bowl with a rattail extension to the underside. This elegant form is known as a Canon handled spoon and can be used as a basting or stuffing spoon. Very useful size. To the reverse of the handle terminal there is an intricate hand engraved armorial.

Weight 234 grams, 7.5 troy oz.
Length 44.5cm. Bowl 10.4 x 7.5cm.
London 1697.
Maker probably William Fawdery.
Britannia standard silver.
17th century.

Marks. Stamped to the reverse edge of the bowl with a full set of English silver hallmarks, the handle with the lions head erased mark.

Literature. Long handled serving spoons have been in use since c.1680 and the early spoons had tubular handles (Cannon handles). These are usually termed as basting or stuffing spoons. The earliest super large size is termed as a hash spoon, produced until about 1725, sizes typically ran between 14″ and 16″. Made in sections, the hollow handle was an invention to prevent burning the hands of the user. Eventually the hollow tube was proven to be impractical because it was easily bent or split.

Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent with new hallmarks – “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia (or Hibernia)” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) to replace the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720.


In very good condition with moderate wear commensurate with age. There are some small dents on the hollow handle.

Maker Information

Maker: William Fawdery

William Fawdery was apprenticed to Robert Cooper in 1683, free 1694. 1st mark (Britannia standard) entered as largeworker 1697. 2nd mark, (Britannia standard) 1720. 3rd mark (Sterling) 1720. Died circa 1727 when Hester Fawdery, his widow, entered her own mark. William’s younger brother John was apprenticed to Anthony Nelme 1688, free 1695.

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