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Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738

Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738
Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738

Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738  Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738

THIS IS A FINE GEORGIAN, GEORGE I / II EXAMPLE OF AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY SILVER MOTE SPOON. THE SPOON CAN EASILY BE DATED TO THE GEORGE I / II REIGN FROM THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: THE PRESENCE OF THE RATTAIL TO THE REVERSE OF THE BOWL, THE SIMPLE PUNCHED HOLES TO THE BOWL UNFORTUNATELY I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE HALLMARKS BUT THEY ARE VISIBLE AND MORE VISIBLE VIA USING A LOUPE - ALTHOUGH PART OF THE IK MAKER'S MARK IS WORN, BUT THE GOOSE SURMOUNT TO THE LETTERS GIVES IT AWAY AS GRIMWADE REFERENCE 1442 FOR JEREMIAH KING. THE LENGTH MEASURES 14.7CMS (147MM) APPROXIMATELY. WEIGHT 6 GRAMS CONDITION EXCELLENT NO DENTS, BENDS OR REPAIRS POSSIBLE SCRATCHES TO BOWL OR WHERE THE SILVER HAS BEEN PRODUCED. PLEASE VIEW ALL PHOTOS FOR CONDITION DESCRIPTION AND HALLMARKS.

MAKERS MARK POSSIBLY - ALTHOUGH PART OF THE IK MAKER'S MARK IS WORN, BUT THE GOOSE SURMOUNT TO THE LETTERS GIVES IT AWAY AS GRIMWADE REFERENCE 1442 FOR JEREMIAH KING. JEREMIAH KING 1726..1733 (REGISTERED SEP 1723) SECOND MARK 1738 (REGISTERED JUN 1736) FLATWARE APPRENTICED TO WILLIAM SCARLETT.

THE MOTE SPOON'S SHORT LIFE BEGAN IN THE LATE 17th CENTURY, WITH THE LONDON GAZETTE DESCRIBING THESE ELEGANT AND CHARMING SPOONS AS:'LONG OR STRAINER SPOONS WITH NARROW POINTY ENDS'. INTENDED TO BE USED TO STRAIN TEA, THE GENERAL PUBLIC DID NOT TAKE ESPECIALLY WELL TO THE MOTE SPOON, AND THEY ONLY REMAINED AS PART OF A TEA-WARE SERVICE UNTIL THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY DUE TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE TEA STRAINER.

TRADITIONALLY, TEA WAS MADE BY ADDING LOOSE TEA LEAVES TO A TEAPOT OF HOT WATER. WHEN THE BREWED TEA WAS POURED FROM THE TEAPOT IT WOULD NOT BE UNCOMMON FOR SOME STRAY TEA LEAVES TO ENTER THE TEA CUP. FOR THIS UNRULY SITUATION, HAVING A MOTE SPOON HANDY ON THE TABLE IN WAS THE COMMON PRACTISE. THE SLOTS IN THE MOTE SPOON WOULD ALLOW THE TEA LEAVES TO BE REMOVED WITH A SIMPLE SCOOP.

THE WORD'MOTE' IS AN OLD ENGLISH WORD THAT DESCRIBES AN OBSTRUCTION WHICH IS IN A PLACE IT SHOULDN'T BE. IN THE CASE OF THE MOTE SPOON, THE TEA LEAVES ARE OBSTRUCTING THE TEA, AND THEREFORE THE SPOON IS REQUIRED TO REMOVE THE MOTE. THERE WAS ALSO AN ADDITIONAL USE FOR THE MOTE SPOON; DUE TO THE POINTED TERMINAL OF THE SPOON, IT MADE THE PERFECT TOOL TO UNBLOCK THE TEAPOT SPOUT WHICH WOULD REGULARLY GET BLOCKED WITH TEA LEAVES.

THE MOTE SPOON TERMINAL WOULD SIMPLY BE INSERTED INTO THE SPOUT AND ROTATED; THE TEA LEAVES CAUSING THE BLOCKAGE WERE THEN RELEASED. THERE IS ONE FURTHER USE FOR A MOTE SPOON WHICH IS A LESS COMMON PERCEPTION.

DUE TO THE EARLY PERIOD OF THE SPOONS, MANY HOUSEHOLDS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD A SILVER MOTE SPOON IN ADDITION TO A CADDY SPOON FOR THEIR TEA SERVICE. ALTHOUGH PIERCED, THE MOTE SPOON COULD BE USED TO SCOOP TEA OUT OF A CONTAINER, ALLOWING THE POWDERED REMNANTS OF THE TEA LEAVES TO FALL BACK INTO THE TEA CADDY. THE DESIGN OF THE MOTE SPOON. THE EARLIEST EXAMPLES OF MOTE SPOONS WERE PLAIN AND HAD RATHER ROUGH PIERCED HOLES; IN ADDITION, THE HANDLE WOULD SIMPLY BE FUSED TO THE BOWL WITH NOT MUCH THOUGHT GIVEN TO ITS AESTHETIC APPEARANCE. SILVERSMITHS ADDED MORE CREATIVITY WITH THEIR DESIGN FOR THE MOTE SPOON DURING THE 1740S AND 1750S, AND THE BOWLS WERE PUNCTURED WITH VERY INTRICATE PATTERNS INCLUDING LEAF, CROSS, AND SCROLL DESIGNS.

THERE WERE TWO MAIN DESIGN DIFFERENCES WHICH MADE THE MOTE SPOON STAND OUT FROM OTHER MEMBERS OF THE'SPOON' FAMILY. LOCATING MOTE SPOONS IN GOOD CONDITION TODAY PROVES A CHALLENGE DUE TO THEIR SHORT PRODUCTION PERIOD.

The item "RARE GEORGIAN GEORGE I / II SILVER MOTE SPOON BY JEREMIAH KING LONDON C1723/1738" is in sale since Monday, February 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Cutlery". The seller is "chummley_123" and is located in Harwich. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Brand: London
  • Age: Pre-1800
  • Product: Spoons
  • Featured Refinements: George I/II Mote Spoon
  • Material: Solid Silver
  • Style: Georgian
  • Antique: Yes
  • Pattern: Georgian
  • Composition: Solid Silver


Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738  Rare Georgian George I / II Silver Mote Spoon By Jeremiah King London C1723/1738