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A COMMONWEALTH SILVER SLIP-TOP SPOON
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A COMMONWEALTH SILVER SLIP-TOP SPOON

MAKER'S MARK OF TP IN A SHAPED SHIELD, LONDON, DATE LETTER INDISTINCT, PROBABLY 1644

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A COMMONWEALTH SILVER SLIP-TOP SPOON
MAKER'S MARK OF TP IN A SHAPED SHIELD, LONDON, DATE LETTER INDISTINCT, PROBABLY 1644
The terminal engraved with the initials ML conjoined
7 in. (17.8 cm.) long
1.75 oz. (54 gr.)
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Lot Essay

The mark is illustrated in Ian Pickford (ed.), Jackson's Silver and Gold Marks of England, Scotland & Ireland, Woodbridge, Revised Edition, 1989, p. 117.

Slip-top spoons originated during the late 14th century. The design was inexpensive and easy to manufacture and as a result these spoons remained popular for over a century. Instead of bearing the hallmarks at the back of the stem near the bowl, slip-top spoons were often stamped with the date letter near the terminal. The location of the mark safe-guarded against one type of "duty dodging." If the date letter had been stamped near the bowl, a dishonest silversmith could add a finial after the spoon was assayed and avoid paying part of the taxes.
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