SOLD - A Louis XI Antique French Silver-Gilt Seal-Top Spoon
This very fine spoon is unusual for a number of interdependent reasons. It is either French, or made by a French goldmsith working in London. It is typical in form to known French spoons from the last quarter of the fifteenth century, but bears English marks for London, 1530.<br /><br />
Either the spoon was a retardataire piece made in London by a Frenchman and sent in for assay, or it was a 1470 spoon made in France, which came across the channel at some point, and was then, for some reason, submitted for assay. In either case, it is a unique survivor of some kind of cross-channel trade and travel--the only distinctly French piece we know with English hallmarks at this time.
|Size||Length: 6.26 in. (15.9 cm.)|
|Weight||1 oz. 5 dwt.|