A long handled spoon, usually 30 to 35 cm long, for scooping up the meat juices in the bottom of the roasting vessel, and pouring them over the meat, to ensure the meat browned as it cooked. Basting spoons date from the 17th century, and the early examples had a tubular tapering handle (to facilitate cooling of the handle) and a spherical end cap. However few early examples survive, as the handles easily dented or fractured and were difficult to repair. Later examples from about 1770 to 1860 had a conventional flat handle as seen on other types of spoons of this period.
A fine pair of George III sterling silver basting spoons, 1817 London, with maker's marks for Thomas Wilkes Barker, elegant Old English spoons with pointed tips, with engraved griffins to the terminals & Hallmarked underside. Silver weight 174gr. L
A matching mixed pair of sterling silver basting spoons, 1895, 1897 London, with maker's marks for George Myers, and Charles Boyton, Old English spoons, crisply hallmarked to finials. Silver weight 305gr. Length 30 cm
Two Georgian sterling silver basting spoons, 1768 and 1818 London, with maker's mark for William & Thomas Chawner, and; John & Henry Lias, respectively, an Old English spoon and a later large fiddle pattern spoon, hallmarked underside to both.
Scottish hallmarked sterling silver George IV pair of basting spoons in the King's Husk pattern, monogrammed 'Rr'. Glasgow, 1824, maker Mitchell & Sons. Condition: excellent to good, minor age related wear. Length 31 cm. Weight 382g
A fine pair of George III sterling silver basting spoons, 1785 London, with rare incuse mark, and maker's mark for William Sutton, in Old English design, crisply hallmarked to stems; provenance: purchased from Kevin Murray silver for $2200, silver weight 1
A pair of Georgian sterling silver basting spoons, London 1787/8, with maker's mark for probably Richard Crossley, the Old English pattern spoons of elegant long stemmed form with armorials to the finials; crisply hallmarked underside, silver weight 22
English hallmarked sterling silver Victorian basting spoon in the fiddle pattern, monogrammed 'C'. London, 1846, maker John James Whiting. Condition good, minor dents & age expected wear. Length 31 cm. Weight 145g
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