Set 6 Antique English Sterling Silver Dessert Spoons
Set 6 antique English sterling silver dessert spoons by William Stalker & John Mitchison, dating to c.1775.
One bowl has a very minor dink, otherwise in quite exceptional condition.
Each spoon marked only with maker’s mark and lion passant, no town mark or date letter has been struck on any of the 6.
Each spoon measures 176 mm in length.
A very fine set by a maker not commonly seen.
|MAKER or SPONSOR MARK
|William Stalker & John Mitchison
A dessert spoon is a spoon designed, as its name suggests, specifically for eating dessert. It is also sometimes used for soup or cereals and is similar in size to a soup spoon; with a capacity somewhere between a teaspoon and a tablespoon – it typically has a capacity around twice that of a teaspoon. The main difference between soup and dessert spoons is that dessert spoons have an oval, rather than round bowl.
In most traditional table settings, the dessert spoon is placed above the plate or bowl and thereby separated from the rest of the cutlery or, alternatively, it may accompany the dessert when that is brought to the table.