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Spoon and fork: MAR.M.105-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver; the deep fig-shaped bowl is attached by the prongs of a fork to a hinged handle, with a finial is in the form of a lion rampant holding a shield initialled 'V'.

Silver; the spoon's fig-shaped bowl is attached by five loops on its back to a three-pronged fork. There is an applied grotesque mask just above the tines, and a little further up the handle there is a hinge, which is held in place by a slide with the applied female mask. The handle, which is square in cross section, is engraved on the front with scales, and on the sides with Vitruvian scrolls. The back has two thread edge borders round the handle and the tines. The finial is in the form of a lion rampant holding a shield engraved with the initial 'V'. The front of the bowl of the spoon is engraved with a coat-of-arms and crest within mantling.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 15.9 cm
Length: 6ΒΌ in
Weight: 44 g
Weight: 1:8 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
1870 CE - 1910 CE


This combined spoon and fork were accessioned as 17th century. However, the two illegible marks on it but do not appear to be 17th century marks. From Northern Europe.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.105-1912
Primary reference Number: 163120
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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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