Spoons, originally made both in sets of 13 and singly, that have as the finial a cast figure in-the-round, depicting one of the twelve apostles or Christ in Majesty, with his emblem. Apostle spoons were popular in England and Germany in pre-Reformation times. Complete sets of thirteen different silver apostle spoons having the same maker and date, and dating from the 16th century are extremely rare, and even single apostle spoons of this period fetch a high price. Apostle spoons have been reproduced in great numbers and those from the 19th century onwards often show the figure without an emblem, and are comparitively cheap to purchase.
A sterling silver apostle spoon, 1901/2 London, with maker's mark for Haseler Brothers , the rat tail spoon with a shallow oval bowl having a plain stem with a figural finial; hallmarked to the reverse of stem, silver weight 38gr, length 14 cm.
An early Charles I provincial West Country apostle spoon, with gilded final of St. John, the figure with an uncommon polyfoil nimbus, the large fig-shaped bowl of the spoon has pricked initials (T.D over R.S) on the back. The six-sided stem ends in a mould
A sterling silver St Paul apostle spoon, London 1903/4, with maker's mark Ims for Jm Spink & Son, in the classic apostle style with the finial of St Paul holding a sword; hallmarked underside to bowl. Weight 105gr. Length 22 cm
A Victorian sterling silver St Simon apostle spoon, London 1874/5 with maker's mark Ga for George W Adams (Chawner & Co), of simple design with a squared oval gilt washed bowl and a squared stem terminating in a finial depicting St Simon holding a large se
A rare and early English provincial sterling silver apostle spoon made in Exeter, c.1685, the apostle finial with discoid nimbus, traditionally depicted with a flowing robe and traces of original gilding. 17th century pricked initials 'S.E.' and date '1695
Collection of eight, 'Jal' Linton sterling silver spoons with various arts and crafts design motifs Lengths 8.3 cm-8.8 cm weight 60gm. Note: rare examples of Jamie's early work, including apostle spoon and theatrical mask spoon
A rare William and Mary period silver unascribed apostle spoon, the finial with a figure attributed to be St Jude, with sacred nimbus and holding a square, his typical attribute. Pricked on the back of the bowl with the makers initials S.E and dated 1695.
Antique apostle spoons and tongs. Set of 6 sterling silver tea spoons with twist stem topped with apostle finial with gilt wash finish, the set comes with the matching tongs and is housed in original leather case. Hallmarked London
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