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Seal top spoon: M.63-1930

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Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Venables, Stephen




Silver. The fig-shaped bowl is attached to a flattened hexagonal handle, which tapers towards the cast seal top terminal, engraved on the flat top with the monogram 'WV', 'VW' or 'WW'.


History note: Frank Smart Collection; T.J.G. Duncanson

Legal notes

Given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Length: 16.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


Mid 17th century
Circa 1645 CE - Circa 1660 CE


Venables completed his apprenticeship to Daniel Cary and became free in 1640.

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Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: leopard's head
  • Location: Inside the bowl, near the join to the handle
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: lion passant
  • Location: On the back of the lower stem
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark
  • Text: SV
  • Location: On the back of the lower stem
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: 'WV', 'VW' or 'WW'

  • Location: On the top of the seal top terminal
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.63-1930
Primary reference Number: 77326
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 28 November 2018 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

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

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