Maker's mark: TA, London 1695.
On the front the finial of this 17th century silver spoon is decorated with C-shaped swirls. The front of the bowl and stem are plain. The reverse of the bowl has a lace-back decoration around the rat tail, which has become less clear over the ages. In the backside of the finial two monograms in tiny dots are engraved: J.C and E.L. The full set of hallmarks is stamped on the reverse of the stem and they are partly worn off. The maker's mark (TA) and leopard head are still readily legible, the lion and year mark are more worn.
A lovely elegant, ancient spoon.