Hi all - we've just had these beauties donated to us and I've cleaned them up and they've come up really well. Thought you'd like to see them and also wanted to chuck my theory past you and see what you think.
They're all the exact same design, and engraved with the initials MJM at the top - I think there were originally 4 Newcastle spoons, hallmarked with Dorothy Langlands mark (although there's no indication of year, though she only operated from 1804 to 1814, from her husband's death to her retirement) and MJM had either lost 2, or wanted another 2 later on, and because DL had retired, he had to go to James Barber and Wiliam Whitwell in York to get 2 replacements made, although these are 2 years apart. He must have commissioned JB & WW to make them specially to match the originals.
Can anyone suggest a better date for the Newcastle ones than 1804-1814? And does it matter that the York ones aren't stamped with the York town mark, just the York letters h and k, and the maker's mark?
Many thanks in advance