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English spoon, missing marks

created 14 Feb. 2020, 13:38
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I bought this spoon as London 1760s, presumably because the seller thought the WW was William Withers. However, the two letters join in the middle, which does not appear to match. My guess is that it is from Exeter, maker William Welch II, placing it 1806-1814. Could that middle mark be George IV?

Edited 14 Feb. 2020, 13:38
SteveDWollongong2
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RE: English spoon, missing marks

created 15 Feb. 2020, 02:58
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Hi

Your identification of William Welch II is correct but some of the other details you mention need some clarification. The mark in the middle is indeed a duty mark but it is of Geo III who remained until his death in 1821. The fact that it is pinched around the edges (this indicates the doubling of duty imposed by Geo III) was only in use in Exeter 1797 - 1809, so that helps narrow the date.

Unfortunately the date range you have cited ie 1806 -1814 is not the actual working dates for this mark. They are simply the earliest and latest dates seen by the website owner or one of his contributors(I am one)of the mark. There is no known date of registration but he was known to working from approx 1801, so that would place the date between 1801 and 1809.

Cheers,
Steve

Edited 15 Feb. 2020, 03:01

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