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Vintage Arts & Crafts Style Silver Christening Spoon - Francis Cooper 1965 - Very Rare Maker
REF: CA2111 / LA342151
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This is a fine quality, solid sterling silver Christening spoon by the extremely rarely seen silversmith, Francis Cooper. The spoon carries full U.K. hallmarks for London 1965, with the Gothic style 'FC' for Francis Cooper. The spoon has been handmade in the Arts & Crafts manner, with a lightly hammered or planished finish to the reverse side of the bowl. The stem is substantial, being almost 3mm in thickness, and this leads up to a very finely cast and detailed figure of squirrel on the terminal. What's of particular interest about this spoon is maker, Francis Cooper (1906 - 1980). Francis was the son of the most famous architect, designer and craftsman of the Arts & Crafts era, John Paul Cooper (1869 - 1933). J.P Cooper was a major influence (and worked with) a number of important designers and craftspeople on the early 20th century, such as Edward Spencer of the Artificers Guild, Bernard Instone (who worked in Coopers studio) and the furniture maker, Ernest Gimson. Francis was known to have worked with his father as a metal worker from 1924 until 1933, and was undoubtedly was trained in the art of silversmithing by him. He's probably best known for designing and making the pen that Queen Elizabeth II used to sign her coronation oath in 1953. Silverware carrying Francis' FC mark is very rare to find, and at the time of listing this piece, I can only find one other piece for sale in the world (a hedgehog finial spoon). There is also a record of the sale of an identically designed spoon to this example, and a record of a tea strainer sold, but aside from this I cannot locate any further examples for sale on the open market. The spoon measures 13cm in length and is 3.3cm wide across the bowl. The unpacked weight is 22.9g. Thee item is offered in excellent condition and is free from any damage or repairs. It appears to have had very little use or handling. The spoon is supplied with what appears to be its original heavy card transit box (not pictured) - the box is unbranded, but of the same period as the spoon. If you have further questions about this rare item, please ask!
Century Antiques has clarified that the Vintage Arts & Crafts Style Silver Christening Spoon - Francis Cooper 1965 - Very Rare Maker (LA342151) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1965
Excellent condition throughout, with very little signs of use or handling.
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This Vintage Arts & Crafts Style Silver Christening Spoon - Francis Cooper 1965 - Very Rare Maker is located in Kilby, United Kingdom