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Scottish Provincial Silver Teaspoon, John Sellar TAIN c.1820, Queen’s Pattern

Product SKU: 521F - 521M

Scottish provincial silver teaspoon, single struck queen’s pattern.

Struck once with the makers mark J.S which is the mark of John Sellar whilst working at Tain or Elgin, last image shows this from Richard Turner’s book on Scottish Provincial silver.

In excellent order with no defects and measures 141mm in length.

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Scottish Provincial Silver Teaspoon

Scottish provincial silver teaspoon, single struck queen’s pattern.

Struck once with the makers mark J.S which is the mark of John Sellar whilst working at Tain or Elgin, last image shows this from Richard Turner’s book on Scottish Provincial silver.

In excellent order with no defects and measures 141mm in length.

DATEc.1820
MAKER or SPONSOR MARKJohn Sellar
ASSAY OFFICETAIN
WEIGHT (Grammes)24
WEIGHT (Troy)0.77
REF:-521F – 521M

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 IV 1820-1830

Sponsor/Maker

John Sellar

REF CODE

521F – 521M

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