Silver Spoons of Britain 1200 – 1710
This is both volume 1 and volume 2 of Silver Spoons of Britain 1200 – 1710. Silver Spoons of Britain 1200 – 1710 traces the story of English, Irish and Scottish silver spoons and their makers from their humble beginnings with an acorn knop in 1200 through to the dog nose spoon of 1710. The story is told by focusing on particular spoons that reveal the features of the different styles made in England, Scotland and Ireland. It is designed for the complete novice as well as anybody with a passion for the subject. The majority of the photography has been undertaken by Stephanie Cripps in surroundings ranging from pleasant to underground. Other images have been supplied by museums themselves and one or two are catalogue scans as the spoons were not available. In total there are about nineteen hundred images.
In researching the spoons David Constable had the good fortune to handle in excess of twenty-five collections (a number of which are in private hands and will remain anonymous) and also had access to a number of spoons through dealers, auction houses and livery companies. Museum collections were a valuable source; all of these are credited in the appropriate entries, with the museum number to assist you if you wish to contact the museum to ask for an appointment to handle the spoons. David found doing that, and hearing the stories to be learned about them, a memorable experience.
The book has now launched and shipping has commenced. Click here to see some photographs from our launch event.