A very fine example of a Queen Anne (1702 to 1714) period dog nose sterling silver spoon. As the trefid design of spoon transitioned to the more comfortable dog nose spoon there is a small window during the period of Queen Anne and George I circa 1700 to 1715 when dog nose spoons found popularity.
The addition of the rat tail across the back of the bowl provided the spoon with strength and the rat tail design itself stayed with the follow-on Hanoverian spoon design for another 20 years. During the early years of the reign of Queen Anne silver was produced at is highest purity (and softest) and stamped with Britannia as part of the hallmark. Britannia silver is more expensive and is composed of at least 95.84% pure silver (as opposed to the standard 92.5% silver). The other 4.16% of its composition is made of copper and other materials. Britannia stamped Queen Anne period dog nose spoons remain rare in good condition as they were produced for such a relatively short period.This superb sterling dog nose spoon has a very full and clean bowl, no engravings to the terminal but a tiny engraving to the top just before the bowl, no clear date letter although what is visible of the letter precedes the reign of George I. Britannia can be seen as per the photographs. Approximate dimensions: 8 inches in length. The item "Queen Anne Period Dognose Silver Table Spoon Britannia Standard c1703-1715" is in sale since Sunday, May 31, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Cutlery".
The seller is "artisan-arts-fine-antiques" and is located in Horsham. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.