Ah.. I just love figural spoons and this one is exceptional. It is a very well made solid brass tea caddy spoon featuring amazing detail of the English sea Captain and vice admiral, Sir Francis Drake. "Sir Francis Drake, Vice Admiral (1540-1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588. He also carried out the second circumnavigation of the world, from 1577 to 1580. He died of dysentery in January 1596 after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico.His exploits were legendary, making him a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards to whom he was known as El Draque, 'Draque' being the Spanish pronunciation of 'Drake'. His name in Latin was Franciscus Draco ('Francis the Dragon'). King Philip II was claimed to have offered a reward of 20,000 ducats, about £4,000,000 (US$6.5M) by modern standards, for his life."
This antique English spoon is just wonderful and would make a fantastic coffee scoop, tea caddy (what it was intended for) or nut spoon. A really lovely piece of history. It is a robust piece, quite heavy and measures 4 1/2" with a large bowl measuring nearly 2" in diameter. There are worn numbers on the back that read 11327 and 69813 which are barely legible. This is a genuine Victorian period spoon dating to around 1850-1880.