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COMMONWEALTH. A very fine & rare Commonwealth Puritan Spoon made in London in 1652 by Stephen Venables.


The Spoon is of typical plain design, with a slightly tapering stem. This piece is very well marked, has a very fine colour and is in excellent condition. Spoons of the Puritan type are believed to have been introduced from Scotland, or more probably from France. They became popular during the Commonwealth period, a fact which, together with their plainness, has given them their name. Puritan Spoons are on the whole rare and this example was formerly in the Britton-Smith Collection. Stephen Venables was apprentice to Daniel Cary and from the number of spoons which surive, bearing his mark,was a very prolific spoonmaker, with a large business.

Length: 7 inches, 17.5cm