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SOLD - Sterling Silver Baptismal Spoon - Antique Victorian

A fine and impressive antique Victorian English sterling silver baptismal spoon - boxed; an addition to our religious silverware collection

SKU: W7560
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SOLD - Sterling Silver Baptismal Spoon - Antique Victorian
SOLD - Sterling Silver Baptismal Spoon - Antique Victorian

Description


This exceptional antique Victorian sterling silver baptismal spoon has a chased decorated bowl realistically modelled in the form of a scallop shell.


The handle is in the form of a cross botonnée.


The reverse surface of the handle is embellished with the contemporary engraved inscription ‘In Memoriam CS’ - ‘To the memory of CS’ to the cross piece and ‘In Dei Gloriam DD’* - 'In the glory of God DD' to the stipe.


The lower flared terminal to the stipe connects to representational umbo of the shell, accented with pear drop ornamentation to the centre.


The anterior surface of the bowl retains the original gilding.


This baptismal spoon is fitted to the original hinged leatherette box with satin and velvet lined interior, securing with a push fit catch.


The interior of the box bears the retailer’s mark ‘Reign & Co Silversmiths, 6 Denmark Street, London. W.C.’.


* In Gloriam Dei is found in the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Many believe this pertains from the Latin ‘Maiorem Ad Dei gloriam’ which is the motto for the catholic religious order the Society of Jesus (otherwise known as ‘Jesuits’).


Date: 1887

Condition


This antique baptismal spoon is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional presentation condition.

The chased and engraved decoration is very sharp.

Full hallmarks struck to the reverse of the handle are all very clear.


Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of these pieces of Victorian silverware.


Dimensions


Length 11.2cm/4.4"

Length of bowl 7.3cm/2.9"

Width of bowl 8.2cm/3.2"


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in Antique Silver in the 1970's. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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