Saturday, 26 November 2016

Filigree Caddy Spoon Nᵒ.2**


'Jockey cap' caddy spoon, made in filigree probably by
Samuel Pemberton, c. 1800. Assay Office
It is difficult to determine where eighteenth-century filigree was made, due to filigree being exempt from being hallmarked. This piece, though, is probably by Samuel Pemberton and is held in the collection at Birmingham's Assay Office, and is personalised with the initials 'JMWG'. Filigree was made in Birmingham from at least the 1740s.

Caddy spoons were used for serving loose tea leaves, and the Birmingham silversmiths made a variety of different kinds.

Find out more about Birmingham's filigree trade here.

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