An early to mid 17th century silver slip top spoon, with pea...
An early to mid 17th century silver slip top spoon, with pear shaped bowl, single partial hallmark still visible, finial engraved 'T.W', 0.57toz, bowl 3.9 by 5.1cm, 12.4cm long.
Provenance: this spoon was given to the Vendor's father circa 1948-50, when he was a young man, soon after WWII where he flew as a Lancaster bomber pilot, including a mission to bomb Hitler's 'Eagles Nest' near Berchtesgaden, by an almost anonymous local elderly lady as her way of thanking a 'local lad' for his bravery in the recent World War. After trying to return it feeling that he was not deserving of such a gift the lady insisted that the spoon was now his. It has been kept in a box for the past 30 years since the Vendor inherited it and was used prior to that as a sugar spoon!