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Spoon: MAR.M.144-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unidentified
Woodworker: Unknown




Fruit wood and silver; wood bowl with silver handle and flat shield-shaped finial initialled 'A.M.'

Fruit wood and silver; the wood bowl is fig-shaped on a tapering stem which has been incised with two pairs of chevrons on the front. The silver handle is five-sided and broadens towards the flat shield-shaped terminal. The front and sides of the handle have been engraved with a pattern of lines, and the terminal is initialled 'A.M'.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 15.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Munich ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - Circa 1700 CE


The maker's mark is not legible

School or Style


Components of the work

Bowl composed of wood
Handle composed of silver
Handle, Finial

Techniques used in production

Carving : The wood bowl and tapering stem were carved. The seam down the back of the silver handle was soldered and the finial soldered to the terminal. The hollow silver handle was glued to the short wood stem. The decoration on the silver handle and the initals on the finial were engraved.

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: an angel in a circular cartouche

  • Location: At the top of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark

Inscription present: an oval cartouche possibly containing initials

  • Location: At the top of the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: AM
  • Location: On the finial
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Initials

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.144-1912
Primary reference Number: 166832
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Audit data

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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