Old Base Metal Spoons
Spoons made of pewter or the copper alloy latten may have been the humbler relatives of silverware in days gone by, but they can still be of great antique interest and value. In this guide, originally published in 1908, FG Hilton Price looks at many spoons mainly dating from the 14th to the 17th centuries. Describing and photographing examples from both his own and other collections he classifies their shapes, ornament and identifying stamps. The author was Director of the Society of Antiquaries in London and Old Base Metal Spoons is full of his keenness and expertise for the subject, making it a useful and informative read for anyone interested in the long history of this most familiar of domestic objects.
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This is the base metal spoon 'bible'. It is the only book about British base metal spoons from its period although a much updated version was written and published courtesy of Ronald Homer in 1975.
Price's book uses many old collections, including the Port collection and therefore contains a very comprehensive list of the types and patterns of spoons that were used from the mediaeval to 18th centuries.
For researchers of older spoons whether in base metal or silver, this is a most useful reference work.