Learn about Basting Spoons

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.
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Queen Anne sterling silver basting spoon, circa 1705 (date stamp unclear). No maker's mark evident. Length 28 cm approx, weight 120 grams

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George III sterling silver basting spoon Old English pattern with engraved crest, London, 1786, maker, Richard Crossley

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Victorian sterling silver basting spoon fiddle pattern with engraved initial, London, 1842

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George IV sterling silver basting spoon fiddle pattern with engraved initials, London, 1825, maker, John Hawkins

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Wm IV sterling silver basting spoon double struck Kings pattern, London, 1835, maker, Mary Chawner

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George IV sterling silver basting spoon double struck Kings pattern, London, 1823, maker, William Johnson (probably)

Paul de Lamerie sterling silver basting spoon rattail pattern, engraved crest to the back, date letter work, circa 1720

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Victorian sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked London 1853, approx. 156gr

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Two William IV sterling silver basting spoons, both London 1833. One from maker William Brown. The other marked JH (possibly from maker Jonathan Hayne). Length 30 cm (each) Weight 286grams approx.

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A pair of Victorian sterling silver basting spoons, 1855 London, with maker's marks, Ga, for Chawner & Co, the fiddle pattern spoons, engraved 'P' to the terminals, crisply hallmarked underside, silver weight 258gr, length 30.5 cm

A fiddle thread & shell pattern silver flat Ware set for six William Chawner /, circa 1830-1836, comprising six large table spoons, six entree spoons, six entree forks, six table forks, six knives, six teaspoons, four egg spoons, sugar tongs, fish serving

William IV sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked London 1832 by William Bateman

Victorian sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked London, 1851, John James Whiting, in fiddle pattern, with crest and monogram, total weight 158 grams, length 30.5 cm

Victorian Exeter basting spoon in sterling silver, marked Exeter, 1857, James & Josiah Williams approx 112g & 31 cm long

A large Irish silver basting or ragout spoon. Fiddle pattern with contemporary engraved crest of an armoured hand holding a dagger. John Power, Dublin 1805

German 800 silver basting spoon and pair of 800 silver handled knives, approx. 106gr

Russian Imperial silver basting spoon, hallmarked Moscow circa 1802-1818 (rubbed), assay master Ivan Ivanovich Vikhlyaev, 28.9 cm long, 129 grams

A sterling silver basting spoon, London 1866, 30.5 cm in length

Georgian sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked Edinburgh 1783

George IV sterling silver basting spoon, fiddle and shell pattern, hallmarked London 1821 (William Eley & William Fearn), 30.8 cm long, 148 grams

Antique Canadian silver crested basting spoon, fiddle, thread and shell pattern, 29 cm long, 165 grams

Victorian sterling silver crested basting spoon, Old English pattern, hallmarked Exeter 1838 (Robert Williams), 32.5 cm long, 110 grams

George III sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked London 1808, 29.5 cm long, 77 grams

Sterling silver basting spoon London 1868 maker George Angell

A George III sterling silver basting spoon, 1826 Exeter, with early maker's mark for William Woodman, a fiddle pattern spoon with an engraved terminal, hallmarked underside, silver weight 149gr length 32 cm

Georgian silver basting spoon and tablespoon, hallmarked London 1790 and 1789

Two Georgian sterling silver basting spoons, hallmarked London 1789 and 1792

George III sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked London 1811, maker Naphatali Hart, 130 grams

A fine collection of Georgian and later silver basting spoons, comprising, a pair by William Theobalds, London 1836 with an early Victorian example by the same maker, London 1842, the others by, Adey Bellamy London 1827, maker in London 1814, George Smith

A William IV sterling silver Fiddle pattern basting spoon, engraved with a Bishop's crest by Jonathan Hayne, London 1834

Sterling silver basting spoon by Charles Boyton, hallmark for London 1839

Georgian sterling silver basting spoon by Peter and Anne Bateman, London 1796, approx. 130gr

Large Victorian sterling silver basting spoon by George Adams of Chawners marked London, 1865, GA approx 30 cm long, 141g

William lV sterling silver basting spoon, hallmarked London 1831, 104g approx., 28 cm long

Antique Irish silver basting spoon, hallmarked Dublin 1810m maker JP John Power, 117g approx., 31 cm long

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