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FRUIT OR BERRY SPOON - CALCUTTA 1860 - 1914
Material:silver of 916/1000 (mainly silver and zinc alloy)
or 925/000 (sterling standard
Period: 1860 - 1914
Silversmith: H & Co for Hamilton & Company
Crafting method: Mainly hand made
Dimension: Length: 17.5 cm
Weight: 52 g
This fruit or berry spoon was made in Calcutta (India) by
Hamilton & Company, which was established by Robert Hamilton and
others at the beginning of XIX century. Due to the fact that the
British regulation on hallmarking was not in force in the
British Colonies, immigrated silversmiths were use to mark the
silverware with their trade mark and a series of
pseudo-hallmarks similar to those used in England and Scotland
for sterling silver.
Marks, struck in line on the handle are: H & Co (trade mark of
Hamilton & Company); an elephant and a roman capital A. These
particular hallmarks were in use between 1860 and 1914.
The spoon is of very good gauge and mainly hand made. It is not
clear if at the date of crafting of this spoon, silversmiths
working in India were using the former alloy of 916/1000 purity
or the sterling standard like in the U.K.
The spoon has the classic fiddle pattern with floral engraved
decoration on the handle and an embossing floral or fruit
decoration on the bowl.
The overall condition is very good.