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on the stem towards the bowl end, and because of the rounding of the stems the marks are often difficult to read.

Variations to the shape of bowl, ridge on the stem and the reverse of the bowl, such as double drops, extended drops etc., can help date poorly marked spoons.

Mostly they will be table and teaspoons, but occasionally we have marrow scoops, mote spoons etc.Dominant throughout the nineteenth century, Fiddle pattern is the most commonly found pattern from the 1800’s.Originating in France, it first occurred in England from the 1760’s without the shoulders on the stem near the bowl, particularly favoured in Scotland where it is known as Oar pattern.Originally developed in the 1750’s when the upturned ends of larger serving implements (e.g.soup ladles) in Hanoverian pattern where awkward to handle, so they were turned down instead, and so the new style began.This elegant decoration is generally to be found on Old English pattern items, which was the favoured pattern of the period that bright-cut engraving was in fashion.

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