A Cork Irish Sterling Silver basting spoon by James Salter. The spoon is hallmarked for 1802 with Dublin and Irish Hallmarks. Salter was a silversmith in Cork who hallmarked some of his silver in Dublin.
The spoon is 9 1/4 inches long. The bowl is 3 inches by 1 3/4 inches.
The spoon has a family intaglio TCW.
This beautiful spoon has a historical connection. James Salter who was a Quaker, left Ireland with several other families for a new life in New Zealand in 1840. They stopped in Sydney where Salter's eldest son left the group. They sailed on in the ship named The Sophia Pate for New Zealand and just when they neared their destination, the ship sunk and all the families were lost. Interestingly, the captain and some crew survived as they commandeered the only life boat. The Captain it seems even refused to save his own wife and was subsequently tried for this disaster. This all happened many years after this beautiful spoon was made.
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