I would be interested in members' opinions as to whether this is a Mercy Ashworth mark.
According to Jackson's and Gill's, she only entered two sets of marks, one set in 1785 and another set in 1792, neither of these marks contain a pellet, but the mark shown does. Is this possibly an unregistered mark?
The date of these spoons would appear to be 1786/7 as the Newcastle Goldsmiths Company changed the outline of their Lion Passant in 1787, this coupled with the right facing Duty mark would appear to give the above date.
I have shown for comparison purposes the mark of Langlands and Robertson on a spoon of similar age.
Mercy Ashworth (nee Landell) entered her mark as a widow at Newcastle Assay Office in 1785, she had been running her deceased husband Michael's business since 1776, that of an Ironmongers at Durham, he was also a banker. As a Silversmith she was known to be active 1785-1803, with her shop being situated in the Market Place at Durham, she died at the age of 88 in 1822.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.