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Spoon: MAR.M.143-1912

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown
Woodworker: Unknown




Fruit wood, silver and silver-gilt; wood bowl with silver handle and pomegranate finial

Fruit wood, silver and silver-gilt; the wood bowl is a fig-shaped on a tapering stem which has been incised with two pairs of lines on the front. The silver handle is embossed with tapering spiral flutes and terminates in a silver-gilt pomegranate, which is capped with a quatrefoil (one petal missing). The stem and back of the pomegrate are scratch engraved 'MK' and 'RK' respectively.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 15.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, second half#
1650 CE - 1700 CE


The silver is not stamped with a maker's mark or any other identifying marks

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Components of the work

Bowl composed of wood
Handle composed of silver

Techniques used in production

Carving : The wood bowl and tapering stem were carved. The silver handle was embossed and the seam down the back was soldered. The pomogranate was gilded and soldered to the silver handle. The hollow silver handle was glued over the short wood stem. The initials were engraved.

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MK
  • Location: On the handle
  • Method of creation: Scratch engraved
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: RK
  • Location: On the handle
  • Method of creation: Scratch engraved
  • Type: Initials

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.143-1912
Primary reference Number: 166830
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 September 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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