These two large berry spoons were made by James Dixon & Sons in Sheffield, England. The firm began in 1836 making spoons & forks from nickel silver and from 1848 to produce electroplate. They exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 being awarded several prizes in different classes for silver and Britannia metal. They operated under this name until 1920 when they became a limited liability company which continued until 1984.
These spoons have long twisted handles with a trefoil end; each of which has what looks like a maple leaf on the inside of the circle. There is a cross bar at the base of the end of the handle which would keep the spoon from slipping into the dish. The bowl of the spoon has gorgeous chasing which compliments the leaves on the tip. The shape of the bowl is three circular areas, continuing the trefoil shape of the tip. The back of the spoons has a final finish.
The mark, which is quite tiny, has one of many marks used by Dixon & Sons, although the encompassing circle is not there. There is the "I" in a circle on top of a diamond with an "A" on the left side, "Rd" on the inside; and"16" on one and "1" on the other right side. They are lightly marked (which I could not photograph) one has "C8392" I think; the other has "C8393" on it.
The condition is very good, the lengths of the spoons are 9 1/8"; the width is 2 1/8". The weight is nearly 2 troy ounces.
This set will make an excellent addition to any fine table setting.
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