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Spoon and fork: MAR.M.103-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver; the oval bowl is attached by the prongs of a fork to a hinged handle, with a finial is in the form of a warrior.

Silver; the spoon's oval bowl is attached by four loops (a fifth is missing) on its back to a three-pronged fork. The base of the fork's handle is hinged and the folding mechanism held in place by a slide. The handle, which is square in cross-section, has a finial in the form of a standing warrior, which unscrews to reveal a toothpick. The front of the bowl of the spoon is engraved with a thread edge; the back is initalled 'S' The base of the fork has an applied openwork plaque of scrolls and a mask. The handle is engraved on the front with a patten of scrolling foliage, and on the sides with overlaping scales. The slide is in the form of a cherub's mask. The finial is of a cloaked warrior holding one arm aloft.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 18.2 cm
Length: 7ΒΌ in
Weight: 58 g
Weight: 1:17 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


The spoon bears three unidentifiable marks. It is thought that these marks are not genuine 16th or 17th century marks, and that the spoon is a late 19th century copy.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.103-1912
Primary reference Number: 163103
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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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