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A very rare William III Lace Back Trefid Spoon made by Richard Plint of Truro circa 1700.


The Spoon is modelled in the Trefid form, with an unusual wide end to the top of the stem which is decorated on the front with foliate scroll lace work, and beads, and on the reverse with the contemporary scratch initials M.L.P above a crossed branch motif. The reverse of the bowl is decorated with a reeded rat tail surrounded by scroll lace work and beading. The spoon has a very good colour and is marked twice on the stem with the makers mark of R.P, with a pellet below, all in a shaped punch. This mark is shown on page 519 of Jacksons, Silver & Gold Marks, in the Wales and unascribed English Provincial section. The mark is dated circa 1680 and the example cited is a flat stem spoon. Further research has concluded that, due to the West County design of circa 1700, that the mark is most probably that of Richard Plint of Truro, whose long career is well documented for the period 1700-1760. He used several marks, however it is thought that this is his earliest mark circa 1700. It is also thought that this spoon went to the Channel Islands and the initials MLP (the second letter stood for Le), is typical of the Jersey type. Export to the off-shore Islands was by no means uncommon, a practice also carried out by Thomas Peard of Penryn.

Length: 7.15 inches, 17.88cm.