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I BELL on spoon - Joseph Bell II or Joshua Bell?

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:31 am
by dognose
Here's one that appears in the 'Unregistered Section' of Grimwades. Thought to be the mark of Joseph Bell II (Grimwade 3624)

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Photo courtesy of Chris

The mark was struck on a tablespoon (8 1/4" - 20.96cm) assayed at London in 1758, the same year and type of item that was noted by Arthur Grimwade.

Joseph Bell entered his mark (Grimwade 1132) with the London Company as a Largeworker on the 25th October 1756. The mark shown above could have been entered into the missing Smallworkers register (1739-1758), (although officially tablespoons came into the category of Largework) or it may have been entered into the missing Largeworkers register (1758-1773) or it may possibly never have been registered at all.

Another possibility is that it may be the mark of Joshua Bell, who Heal records working in Carey Street in 1756.

Trev.
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Re: Joseph Bell II or Joshua Bell?

Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:39 pm
by georgiansilver