Sorry to sound ignorant but would anyone please resolve this dilemma?
The tablespoon has the initials W•S which I assumed would refer to William Seaman with a hallmark date of 1834. The t, however, looks more like the 1794 shape, plus the leopard has the pre-1820 crown. That would make William Seaman around 13 or 14!
There's probably something really obvious that I've missed but I'll take the embarrassment in the name of education.