We are thrilled to offer this incredibly rare set of English sterling silver coffee spoons with darling coffee bean decoration.
Each is fully hallmarked and features an uncommon commemorative mark for the silver jubilee of King George V and his wife Queen Mary.
Six spoons make up the set and sit beautifully in their original velvet and satin-lined box.
The exterior of the box is lined in textural black leather and shows only a touch of wear at the edges.
The spoons are each made of lustrous sterling silver and feature a wooden "coffee bean" at the end.
The beans are made from hand-carved wood and have been given a dark stain to give them a more realistic look.
A simple, thin shaft of sterling silver makes the perfect handle.
These are then expertly soldered to the reverse of each bowl. This makes for a slightly more modern but elegant look.
The reverse of each spoon shows five die-stamped maker's marks. The first mark you will find reads "I.S.G." inside a rectangular reserve.
This is the mark of the I.S. Greenberg & Co.; it was registered in 1890 by the company's founding silversmith, Israel Sigmund Greenberg.
This manufacturer's mark is followed by the mark of the Birmingham Assay Office (an anchor) and the standard British lion passant mark.
Next, you will see a capital letter "L", which indicates that the spoons were manufactured in 1935.
The final mark, though slightly faded, pictures King George V and his wife Queen Mary in profile.
This mark commemorated their silver jubilee, or 25th wedding anniversary.
1935 was the only year this mark was used voluntarily on sterling silver objects.
It is astounding to find the mark on a complete set of sterling silver flatware.
Though they show only a tiny bit of wear and a few areas of light patination, these lovely coffee spoons remain in great vintage condition.
Each spoon is 3 7/8" long
Bowl of spoon is 7/8" wide and 1" long,
Coffee bean is 3/8" wide and 1" long
Case is 6" long (side to side), 4 ¾" wide and 1" tall
Weight: Spoons are 5.3 grams (each)
Case is 136.1 grams
Total weight of set (spoons in case): 167.9 grams (5.9 oz)
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