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Spoon: MAR.M.111-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver; fig-shaped bowl on pentagonal handle with flat shield-shaped terminal; engraved with stylised flowers and a coat-of-arms

Silver; the fig-shaped bowl is attached to the back of the handle by a flat lozenge shape, which enables the spoon to stand. The hollow pentagonal handle terminates with an applied shield. The front of the bowl is engraved with an acanthus leaf; the back is engraved with strapwork and sylised foliage. The flat base of the handle is engraved with three flowers. The front and two sides of the handle are engraved with a pattern of lines and dots. The terminal is engraved with a coat-of-arms beneath the initials 'IF'.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 14.3 cm
Length: 5⅝ in
Weight: 34 g
Weight: 1:2 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 16th or early to mid 17th century
1580 - 1660


The spoon does not bear a town or maker's mark. It was accessioned as German but may be Swiss.

Components of the work


Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IF
  • Location: On the terminal
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.111-1912
Primary reference Number: 163164
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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