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Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11301
Period: William IV
Year: 1838
Silversmith: Robert Gray & Sons
Place: Glasgow
Price: $ 290.00
Weight: 102 grams
Dimensions: 22.3 cm
Condition: Excellent, some light scratching to bowl from use.

Description: A private die Scottish silver tablespoon, a rare spoon of fabulous quality, made by leading Glaswegian silversmiths Robert Gray & Sons. The spoon has a die stamped family crest of a stag above a knights helmet, this is beautifully struck. The spoon is a variant of Kings pattern, with hourglass shape and honeysuckle, but the shell on the front has been removed to make place for the family crest. The spoon is double struck, which is unusual for Scottish silver, and the spoon has no shoulders. The spoon is over 100 grammes, so a pleasure to hold and use. The hallmarks are clear, and are accompanied by a star, possibly a journeyman's mark. Private die flatware was individually commissioned with the family crest die-stamped rather than engraved on a stock pattern (Pickford, Silver Flatware, page 173). Most 19th century private die patterns were supplied through Hunt & Roskell to members of the peerage and other wealthy clients. Pickford describes these as "fascinating, but obviously impossible to build into services". Scottish examples are rare, we imagine a private commission by a wealthy Scottish family. Robert Gray and Sons of Glasgow produced "some of the finest British silver of the period" (Walter Brown, Finial, June 2006).
Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons
Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon

Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons
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Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons
Scottish silver double struck tablespoon

Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons
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Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons
Robert Gray & Sons Glasgow 1838 silver hallmarks

Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - Robert Gray & Sons
Scottish Antique Silver Private Die Tablespoon - scale

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