Lawrences Auctioneers: bidders serve up big bids for a surprising little spoon
Lawrences recent 750-lot sale of silver and vertu was a highly successful venture and there were many strong prices to show the strength and breadth of this field.
The day’s top price was paid for a very distinctive and desirably scarce late Elizabeth I steeple cup and cover, generously awarded as a racing prize in 1928. The tall and elaborate salt container, destined only for the grandest dining table when it was made in 1602, took bids up to £37500.
However, one of the best surprises (for its lucky finder) was for a rare spoon with an acorn knop, judged to be c.1300 in date.
It was described candidly as being in a crushed and contorted state with much denting in the bowl which might explain why it had ended up in a tray of mixed modern cutlery at a car boot fair.
Lawrences’ lucky London vendor spotted it for just 20p and his hunch was rewarded with a final price of £2375.
Alex Butcher, silver expert at Lawrences Auctioneers, in Crewkerne, Somerset, said: “Its condition is consistent with it being buried underground or in a river bed for centuries. It’s crushed and damaged, possibly from the weight of boats going over it.”
Mr Butcher said “the vendor is someone who goes to car-boot sales as a hobby but clearly has a good eye”.
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