What a doozy as they say: Here we have a set of silver gilt anointing spoons intended to celebrate the coronation of Edward VIII, an event which never happened, so they tell a story of British monarchical intrigue, machinations and constitutional upheaval. The coronation was set to happen in May 1937 and these spoons were, presumably, made in preparation for the big event. In the end of course, Edward abdicated in December 1936 and his brother George (VI) took over. Interestingly; because preparations for the coronation were already underway, George himself was crowned on the same day intended for his elder brother. It is likely therefore that the spoons remained on sale as memorabilia for the event – it doesn’t matter who was crowned as long as someone was!
So, veering away from the potted history lesson, the spoons themselves. These royal collectables are cast in silver gilt (sterling silver with a gold wash) they replicate the anointing spoon which would be used at the ceremony – the “real” thing (also silver-gilt) is one of the oldest extant parts of the crown jewels, its first documented appearance being in 1349 but recorded then as an antique…it probably dates to around 1150 – 1200. It was saved by a yeoman of the guard after the civil war and returned following the restoration. For reference I have included a snap of the original and I think it shows that this set of six make very good replicas (though minus the pearls of the real one).
The spoons have a twin lobed bowl engraved with acanthus scrolls and joined to the stem by a stylised monster’s head. The stem flattens into a roundel, flanked by four cabochons with a band of scrolling; the end of the tapering stem is spirally twisted, and terminates in a flattened finial. Hallmarked for Birmingham 1936 with the maker’s mark for William Hair Haseler. Haseler was (before his death) an associate of Liberty and Archibald Knox – making many of Knox’s designs – by this point the company was run by his children but display no lesser quality. They come in a maroon leatherette case with gilt tooling and a silk liner with the retailers stamp (James R Ogden & Sons, Harrogate)
The spoons themselves are in wonderful condition with very little wear to the gilding and no intrinsic damage. The case is generally in good condition though with a small split along the lower material joint.
- 6.5 x 5.25 x 1 inch (16.5 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm) approx
- 4.25 inches (11 cm) long
- Handle: 7.5 inches (3 cm)
- Bowl: 1.25 x 0.9 inches (3 x 2.25 cm)
Package A – £10.00
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