A spectacular set of Strawberry Spoons, even more fabulous than the berries it was meant to serve. The first time I opened this old leather case I was nearly blinded by the luscious deep magenta silk and aubergine velvet surrounding these gleaming sterling spoons with their lightly gold washed interiors. It was a jaw dropping experience. Truly.
Those Victorians certainly know how to set a table. These are figural pieces with a large engraved strawberry with applied border and leaves placed where the fluted bowl meets the twisted handle. The ends of the handles are heavy discs, and I would guess that they were intended to function as muddlers. Just too fabu.
The renowned British sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger, only 14 years old, was apprenticed to Mappin & Webb in 1899, the year these spoons were made, as an engraver, so perhaps the little engraved strawberry seeds and leaves are some of his earliest work. It's a nice thought.
CONDITION is grand. Hallmarked for London 1899, and bearing a Mappin & Webb mark. The leather covered box is original to the set and shows only minor wear on the outside. The case measures 10 1/4" x 6" x 1 1/2". Each spoon is 8 3/8" long overall, with the bowls measuring 2 9/16" x 3". The combined weight of the spoons is 124 grams on my electronic postal scale.
Altogether a fantastic presentation of these beautiful spoons. Your strawberries should be so lucky. Enjoy!