Pair of English sterling silver teaspoons, c. 1790. The teaspoons only have three marks- the duty mark, the lion passant, and the maker's mark "JH". The mark has been traced to a Joseph Hicks who was a prolific Exeter silversmith. Jackson's records him as being registered between 1780 and 1835. The bright-cut engraving, construction details (how the spoon is joined to the handle), the faint "IP" monogram, the shape of the duty mark and the unique lion passant shape all point to this spoon being c. 1790 or earlier. Several other early pieces by Joseph Hicks feature nearly identical bright-cut detailing and the same hallmarks. It appears from my research that he didn't have access to date stamps until 1810 or so because all of his early work is similarly marked with three stamps.
This is an adorable pair of spoons and it is amazing to think that they've stayed together for more than 225 years! One spoon is just a hair longer than the other (5 9/16" vs. 5 7/16"), likely typical for entirely handmade spoons. Both have great bright-cut engraving detail and a faint monogram. The marks are very clear on both. Together the spoons weigh .9 troy ounces. An excellent addition to any collection!
Pair of English Sterling Silver Teaspoons by Joseph Hicks of Exeter c. 1790
$44 $55 REDUCED
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