A South German or English gold and jewel set agate spoon, circa 1580.

The bowl and stem form an S-curve, the mount is champlevé enamelled with stylised leaves in blue and green on a black ground, 12.7cm long.
The 1690 Devonshire Schedule, a large bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter records under ‘Agats and other Stones’:.. ‘An Agate spoone the handle sett in Gold with Rubies and pearles’.


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