Italian Sardinian Antique 916 Standard silver large stuffing spoon in a Fiddle Thread pattern, c.1820. Assay mark MAB in an oval of dots, Maker's mark IG, and silver guarantee mark a crowned cross shield flanked by d and 11, with the 11 partially obscured. The d 11 stands for 11 Denari or 916/100.
There is also a French Swan mark used after 1893 for silver of the legal standard of fineness but of unknown origin that is sold at public auction. A small counter mark: C is struck at the tip of the back of the handle.
This handsome, hand made, early 19th Century spoon is 12" long and weighs 164 grams or 5.3 ozs Troy. it has fabulous bowl definition and is as useful as it is desirable.
The soft, warm, original finish is present, with no buffing or machine polishing.
The excellent original condition and clear, crisp detail, with no monograms, removals, repairs or alterations, make this an especially attractive offering.