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Scottish Provincial Silver Teaspoon, James Cornflute, Perth c.1790

Scottish provincial silver teaspoon by James Cornflue of Perth c.1790.

Marked IC and a double headed eagle.

One very slight bruise on bowl(very minor) otherwise in very good order.

Measures 138mm in length.

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Scottish Provincial Silver Teaspoon

Scottish provincial silver teaspoon by James Cornflue of Perth c.1790. Marked IC and a double headed eagle. One very slight bruise on bowl(very minor) otherwise in very good order. Measures 138mm in length.
DATEc.1790
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKJames Cornflute
ASSAY OFFICEPerth
WEIGHT (Grammes)12.3
WEIGHT (Troy)0.39
REF:-507G
According to legend, tea was discovered by a Chinese emperor around 2300 BC. Initially used for medicinal purposes, the more well-to-do members of Chinese society began drinking it on social occasions. In the 17th Century, tea was traded with the west by China and subsequently Great Britain got a taste for it! 17th Century tea was expensive and, as a result, it was largely drunk by the aristocracy and upper classes. Therefore, it was used sparingly and a smaller than usual drinking vessel known as a ‘teacup’ was used for the drink. Consequently, teaspoons developed to ensure the accurate and careful distribution of the leaves into the boiling water to make the drink. Initially a teaspoon measured 1 fluid dram or one quarter of a tablespoon. Subsequently they have gradually increased in size. Today’s teaspoon for example measures one third of a tablespoon. It was in the 17th and 18th Century that these spoons became known as ‘teaspoons’ and some became ever more decorative. It should be remembered that there are really two types of teaspoon. Firstly, one measured the tea into the water. Secondly one is used to stir the cup once the tea is poured. Modern teaspoons for everyday use are often made from stainless steel or are silver plated, but there are a large variety of collectable silver spoons available.

Additional information

Origin

Scottish

Period

George III 1760-1820

Sponsor/Maker

James Cornflute

REF CODE

507G

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