I understand that Hose is exited, but I'm afraid I have to disagree. It is true that different cities had their own date marks prior to 1759, but the cat’s paw (kattfoten) was implemented in 1754, and the only time, as I see it, you would find both the cat’s paw and a local date mark is between these dates. I find it highly improbable that this spoon should have been made in 1741 and control marked between 1754 and 1759, at least 13 years later
Far more likely is the simple solution, that the D stands for 1762, and that it was bought and engraved the same year. I don’t say that it was unusual to use spoons you already owned instead of buying new ones when making a memorial or mourning spoon (in Sweden we call it ‘begravningssked’, funeral spoon), but in this case, the discrepancy between the date Hose suggests and the cat’s paw makes it very far fetched to me. I have no doubt in my mind that this spoon was made in 1762 and bought especially for this.
It commemorates Johan NorÃ©n (not an uncommon name), born May 9, 1709, dead February 11, 1762. The other initials represents different owners of the spoon, the ones ending with D (as in ‘dotter’, daughter) are women’s names and the ones ending with S (as in ‘son’ the same as in English) are men’s names. There are two ending with B, which must stand for another kind of surname, not the traditional patronymicon, like NorÃ©n for instance. I might also add that the custom with ‘begravningsskedar’ was not common, it was reserved for the wealthier classes, which makes them unusual, and a popular collectors item. It was usually a present to those carrying the coffin, or to servants.