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Spoon: MAR.M.137-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unidentified




Silver; fig-shaped bowl engraved with foliage and a bird on a branch; on a curved cast handle with grosteque finial

Silver; the fig-shaped bowl has on the back a short ribbed rat-tail. The cast handle is curved and ribbed and terminates 'C'-shaped finial formed of leaves on the back, which partially enclose a grotesque figure on the front. The top of the bowl is engraved with stylised foliage, beneath which on the back is engraved (possibly later) a bird on a flowering branch. The back of the handle is inscribed 'TITUS AXEN'. The side is inscribed 'Gustav v. Kessel 24 Jan 1851'


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 16.3 cm
Length: 6⅜ in
Weight: 55 g
Weight: 1:15 oz:dwt

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Mid-Late
1640 CE - 1700 CE


The spoon may have been made in Germany, although the maker's mark has not been identified. Titus Axen may have been Titus Axen (1602-1662) Bürgermeister (mayor) of Husum and Canon of Hamburg, and father of Peter Axen (1635-1707), a Schelswig-Holstein lawyer, humanist and diplomat.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.137-1912
Primary reference Number: 163232
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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