What you see here is an 1828-London-hallmarked silver Gibson spoon made by Charles Gibson ( who was a silversmith as well as an inventor) during the reign of George IV. It has Gibson‘s hallmark in the interior and on the bowl it is struck:”GIBSON INVENTOR”. Among its other virtues are the fact that it was made by Gibson himself during the first year of his spoon’s production and it is handsomely decorated in the honeysuckle pattern. The gilding on the interior is flawless as is the rest of the spoon. It is slightly smaller than the typical Gibson spoon. Length: 5.25″ or 13 cm. approx. I have not seen a better Gibson spoon in any book, catalog or collection (public or private). A final note, this was originally purchased at Tessiers and retains the Tessiers box. This is a nice bit of provenance. Tessiers, if that name doesn’t ring a bell, is one of London’s foremost jewelers, silversmiths and purveyors of antique silver. Since the 1860s they had a shop on New Bond St but have more recently relocated to the Burlington Arcade.
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