Boxed 3x Scottish Arts Crafts Silver Tea Caddy Spoons John Maitland Talbot 1896 For Sale
A rare set of 3 Scottish Arts & Crafts Silver Tea Caddy Spoons by John Maitland Talbot. In their original purpose made box marked with the retailers name Wilson & Sharp 139 Princes Street Edinburgh.. The three spoons each have a crown or coronet terminal. The central spoon formed from aWilliam III Silver crown dated 1696 , the other two spoons with cast bowls featuring a gentleman and a maiden hall marked for 1896 Edinburgh Assay Office and marked JMT for John Maitland Talbot. Clearly designed to be a set of three within their own purpose made fitted box. Possibly some Scottish historical significance there being exactly 200 years between the silver crown coin used and the hall marks on the other two spoons. 1696 did see an attempt by the Jacobites to assassinate William III. possibly some protestant William of Orange significance. The spoons are possibly a special commission.
All three spoons are in good condition and measure approx. 3" long each with a combined weight of approx. 60 grams. A rare set of Scottish Arts & Crafts spoons offered with
The Scottish Arts and Crafts maker John Maitland Talbot was part of the Lynedoch School of Artist Handicrafts in Edinburgh
John Maitland Talbot was known to work for Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936), the Irish artist who went on to become a leading member of the Scottish Arts And Crafts movement and was one of Scotland's leading art enamellers in the early 20th century. He first worked for Traquair in 1893, making clasps and mounts for leather bookframes, triptyches and caskets to set her enamels as jewels, and later, used his skills with far more creativity.
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