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iconnumber posted 06-28-2003 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I came across this spoon at an antique show. It had been remade from an 18th Century Hanoverian tablespoon; only the lion passant remained of the original markings. It was decorated with detailed botanical figures and parcel-gilt. The dealer didn't quite know what to make of it and seemed quite anxious to get rid of it. While I do not usually buy objects of a purely decorative nature, I admired the superlatively intricate engraving, and, recognizing the Earl's coronet above the crest, realized that the original ownership might be traceable; and so I agreed to relieve him of his burden.

I first encountered mention of Lord Breadalbane in Jackson II, the original edition of which was published in 1905, where many of the examples of marks used in the tables were cited as being taken from items in the collection of The Marquess of Breadalbane, whose extensive collection was subsequently disposed of at auction. To the dismay of collectors, the Earl had the unfortunate habit of stamping "BREADALBANE" on the back of his spoons, thus marring them for all time. This spoon, however, remade for him in Victorian times, bears his heraldic crest, much the preferable method of marking ownership. This crest is described in the entry by James Fairbairn (Fairbairn's Crests) as follows:

BREADALBANE, Marquess of, and Baron; Earl of Ormelie, Breadalbane, and Holland; Viscount Campbell, &c., (Campbell) Sco.; a boar's head, erased, ppr. Follow Me

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iconnumber posted 07-01-2003 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a gorgeous spoon and a great find. Thanks for sharing!

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