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Spoon and fork: MAR.M.98-1912

Object information

Current Location: Mezzanine Landing


Silversmith: Hillebrand, Friedrich (Pseudo)




Silver-gilt; the oval bowl is attached by the prongs of a fork to an ornate hinged handle, decorated with applied masks, cherubs and a dragon, and terminating in a ball-shaped finial which unscrews.

Silver-gilt; the spoon's oval bowl is attached by two ornate cast loops on its back to a two-pronged fork. The base of the fork's handle is hinged and the folding mechanism held in place by a slide. The handle is cross-shaped in cross-section and has a ball-shaped finial, which unscrews to reveal a toothpick. The bowl of the spoon is finely prick-engraved with a pattern of stylised flowers and wrigglework. The loop at the back is ornately cast with scrolls with a grotesque mask between. On the rim of the bowl, where it meets the tines of the fork, are two applied cast scrolls. At the base of the fork are, in front, a mask of a man on a scallop shell, and on the back, a female term between two heads. The sides of the handle are engraved with bands of geometric scrolls and chevrons. The slide is formed from two bands of acanthus leaves with a raised hexagonal band between, which is set in the front with a green stone. There is a similar band set with a red stone further up the handle. The top of the handle has an applied cast dragon, which is held by chains to a cherub on either side of the handle. The back of the handle has an applied mask of a cherub. The ball-shaped finial is chased with bands of acanthus leaves and geometric decoration.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 18.6 cm
Length: 7⅜ in
Weight: 89 g
Weight: 2:17 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Circa 1880 CE - 1910 CE


The combined spoon and fork bears the maker's mark of Friedrich Hillebrand of Nürnburg (flourished 1580-1608) but it is thought to be a late 19th or early 20th century copy.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gilt

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: FH
  • Location: On the back of the bowl
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Pseudo maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.98-1912
Primary reference Number: 163019
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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