Mary Sumner Spoon? Identification Help Needed Please

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Mary Sumner Spoon? Identification Help Needed Please

Postby chris99460 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:28 am

Hi, I am in need of help identifying this spoon. It has the hallmark MS in an oval, a lion, a jester face, the letter N, and a man with a wig. I am newer to collecting and if anyone with experience can lend a helping hand; much appreciated!

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Re: Mary Sumner Spoon? Identification Help Needed Please

Postby silvermakersmarks » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:27 am

MS is, as you conjecture, Mary Sumner. The constituent parts of the hallmark are:

- Duty Mark: in the form of the head of George IV; indicates that the relevant tax has been paid on the item
- Date Letter: N for the assay year 1808/09
- Crowned leopard's head: symbol of the London Assay Office (replaced in 1821 by an uncrowned leopard's head)
- Lion passant: sterling silver standard mark used by English Assay Offices.
- MS: maker's mark

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Re: Mary Sumner Spoon? Identification Help Needed Please

Postby chris99460 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:19 pm

Awesome Phil. Thank you kindly!

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Re: Mary Sumner Spoon? Identification Help Needed Please

Postby buckler » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:48 pm

Just to be pedantic the head is that of George III.


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