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FIDDLE SPOON

The "fiddle" pattern had its origins in France about 1675, but is not found in English silver until a century later. Its handle's shape resembles a fiddle (violin) with the stem like a finger-board and the body with smooth parallel sides extending towards a rounded terminal.
This pattern was also very common in American coin silver, was highly popular in the early part of the 19th century and generally replaced the Old English as the most popular pattern.
The fiddle pattern has many variants:
- fiddle thread, whith a border motif of one or two thin closely spaced lines along the entire lenght of both edges of the stem
- fiddle shell, with a relief shell at the terminal of the handle
- fiddle thread and shell, combining the preceding two forms


fiddle spoon terminal fiddle spoon


fiddle thread spoon terminal fiddle thread spoon

fiddle shell spoon terminal fiddle shell spoon terminal

fiddle thread and shell spoon terminal fiddle thread and shell spoon

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