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 is 12.8cm, the fork 13cm.
They appear in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule recording an immense bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter; under ‘Agats and other Stones’ are listed: ‘An Agat Spoone and fforke joynted with Gold Enamel’d’.

REFERENCE: EWA08517

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