An exceptionally fine pair of King George III sterling silver serving spoons made by the famous English silversmith Hester Bateman(1709-1794), made in 1778. She is known as the "Queen of Silversmiths" and began making silver on her own after her husband died in 1761. However, the main period of her work is from 1774 to her retirement in 1790. Her children continued silversmithing for many years well into the 19th century, and their silver is also highly desirable. These beautiful sterling serving spoons have well designed shell bowls and fine beading around the handles. They are fully hallmarked on the underside. They are in excellent condition, with only the most minor dings and surface scuffs associated with age and usage, but and with no damage or repair. True collector's pieces. They measure 8.75"long and weigh lost 3 ounces each.