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Spoon: MAR.M.112-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver, parcel-gilt; fig-shaped bowl on pentagonal handle with flat shield-shaped terminal; engraved with strapwork and a coat-of-arms, and dated '1584'

Silver, parcel-gilt; the fig-shaped bowl is attached to the handle by a flat lozenge shape, which enables the spoon to stand. The hollow pentagonal handle terminates with an applied shield. The top of the back of the bowl is gilt and engraved with strapwork. The flat base of the handle is engraved with foliage and the date '1584'. The two sides of the gilt handle are engraved with a pattern of lines. The terminal is engraved with a coat-of-arms.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 14.8 cm
Length: 5⅞ in
Weight: 36 g
Weight: 1.3 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1584


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

Components of the work

Part composed of gilt

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1584
  • Location: On the base of the handle
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Date

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.112-1912
Primary reference Number: 163165
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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