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OLD ENGLISH SPOON

The "Old English" is one of the major flatware patterns used in British silver.
In this pattern the stem of the handle widens gradually towards the curved-end terminal and then turns downward.
It was popular from c. 1760 to c. 1820, but examples can be found in earlier dates in serving pieces.





Old English pattern silver spoon



The Plain or Basic Old English pattern was embellished in the 1770s with the Feather Edge and in the 1780s with Bright Cut and Thread.
The pattern had many variants classified as:
Pointed, With Shoulders, Admiralty, Bead, Bright-Cut Edge, Feather Edge (with or without Shoulders or Cartouche), Shell, Thread, Laurel, Thread and Shell, Coffin End, etc.

Old English with Shoulders pattern silver spoon
Old English Coffin End pattern silver spoon
Bright-cut Old English pattern silver spoon
Old English Feather Edge with Shoulders pattern silver spoon
Bright-cut Irish Old English pattern silver spoon
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