My aunt and uncle in London gave me a spoon as a baby. It has a card which states that is is a solid silver “tea spoon” and that it was made in 1812.
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I’m very confused about this spoon. The Stephen Hardy S dot H mark is clear, it is exactly as I’ve seen in many pictures online, such as the one on this site. So he’s an American silversmith…
Below that are three marks in a vertical row. The first mark is facing sideways and is a lion, with one front paw down and the other straight out in front, one back paw sticking out behind it and the other coming down out at about the center of the lion and and the tail over its back. The second is a capital letter R, in a Times New Roman font style, and the third symbol appears to be a cameo/head with the detail worn away but if I had to guess it looked to be facing right.
The shape of the bowl of the spoon is also odd. It is very deep and comprises close to a third of the entire length of the spoon, which is about 5.5 inches. The overall shape is oval, but the tip is wide and round, unlike the handle end of the bowl. Overall it has a very distinct shape, as if you attached a handle to an egg, but the bowl would never actually hold an egg as it is only about an inch or inch and a half wide.
There’s a point where the handle and bowl look fused together. It looks as though the spoon bowl were made with a half inch long piece of handle that’s slightly wider than the handle to which it’s fused. The handle end, which bears the marks on its underside, has a pretty fancy looking letter E engraved on it. This end is also wider and rectangular in a rounded way, which seems to be a very common shape.
In looking for a bowl shape like this I have seen no pictures online that match. I can’t figure out what kind of spoon it is, what it’s supposed to have been used for. And why does it have an American silversmith mark if it is from England?
So, thank you to anyone and everyone for helping me solve this mystery!