1740s Pair of heavy George II Sterling Silver Ebenezer Coker Table/Soup Spoons, London.

$525.00 the fine pair


As William Walter Antiques Ltd pithily observes, "Ebenezer Coker, apprenticed to Joseph Smith 1728, free 1740. Worked in Clerkenwell. First mark entered 1738. Second mark 1739. Third mark 1745. Fourth mark 1751. Fifth mark c. 1758. Another mark was entered in partnership with Thomas Hannam, 1759. Bankrupt by 1781 and died on 2 August 1783. Specialist candlestick and salver maker. His work is always of a high standard. In the earlier part of his career - until the late 1750s - principally a spoon maker." This spoons' date letter has completely worn away but this sponsor's mark ran form 1739 to 1748. Each  spoon is 20.2 cm long and the pair weighs  144 grams. The crest is a wonderfully clear lion sitting on a cap, surmounted by a coronet with velvet cap. From my passing knowledge of heraldry, the cap should signify a Scottish Feudal Baron, while the coronet with four pearls and a velvet bonnet should signify a Scottish baron who is a  member of the House of Lords in parliament.

Ebenezer Coker is well kn own also as a maker of salvers and candlesticks. His work is held by the Metropolitan Museum, New York, V&A, London, as well as many other august institutions.

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