This spoon is part of the so called 'Heart and Pellet Group', possibly associated with the 'London Forgery Group' which Timonthy Kent discusses on page 5 of his book West Country Silver Spoons and Their Marks 1550-1750. There were several examples from this group in the collection of H. D. Ellis, Esq. which was sold by Sotheby's in November, 1935. It included five seal-top spoons similar to the present example and bearing the identical mark (lots 93-97).
Clearly marked once to bowl only. Nice gauge. The finial nicely gilded with original prick-engraving in good order. Good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."