A gold-mounted agate spoon and fork, South German or English, circa 1600.

The bowl of the spoon is carved at the neck with C-scrolls, flanking a trefoil.

The banded mounts on both spoon and fork are enamelled with a black scroll against a dotted ground, with red, white and blue flowers and green leaves; the spoon 12.8cm, the fork 13cm.

They appear in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, an inventory recording an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

Under ‘Agats and other Stones’ are listed: ‘An Agat Spoone and fforke joynted with Gold Enamel’d.’


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