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Vintage Iona Alexander Ritchie Designed Silver Caddy Spoon - Hamish Dawson-Bowman c.1950
REF: CA2085 / LA186149
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This is a good quality and very heavily cast Iona style sterling silver caddy spoon dating from the mid 20th century. The item carries the DB mark for Hamish Dawson-Bowman, the founder of the Glasgow based company, Celtic Art Industries, often abbreviated to C.A.I. Hamish founded the company in 1945, some 4 years after the death of the famous Iona silversmith, Alexander Ritchie and his wife, Euphemia. He was an admire of Ritchie's work and C.A.I. was essentially founded to carry on the tradition of the Iona style or the Celtic style of silver and jewellery produced on the Scottish island of Iona from the early 20th century through to the early 1940's. C.A.I. employed initially employed 3 silversmiths who went on to become well known in their own right; Iain MacCormick, John Hart and Malachy Gormley. C.A.I. were known to have used original Ritchie designs (perhaps with original moulds handed down) and made their own pieces heavily inspired by the Iona architecture, fauna and flora. The design of this piece is partly, if not wholly taken from one of Alexander Ritchie's own designs - in picture 12 you can see a Ritchie marked piece from the 1930's, with the stem and terminal being identical to the example offered here (screen shot taken from the excellent Alexander Ritchie tribute website). In respect of the bowl of the spoon, I've not so far been able to ascertain as to whether this is a Ritchie design or it's a C.A.I. design that's been added to the Ritchie terminal. The caddy spoon is very heavily cast, in fact one of the heaviest and thickest piece of silver of its type that I've seen - the bowl of the spoon is virtually 2mm thick, which doesn't sound a lot, but compare it to a regular teaspoon! The bowl has a beautiful Celtic knot pattern cast into it with a matted or stippled pattern around it. The terminal has further Celtic knot patterns and the traditional zoomorphic Iona style birds and mythical beasts, which have been taken from the architecture found on Iona. The reverse side is plain and polished, with the only adornment being the makers mark and the stamp 'Silver Scotland' Sometimes Hamish's work is marked Sterling Silver rather than just silver, but all of his work is made from sterling or 925 grade silver. I'd estimate that this is a reasonably early piece for the C.A.I. - perhaps the late 1940's or very early 1950's. The item measures 8.8cm in length and the width across the bowl is 3.7cm at its widest point - the total unpacked weight is 37g.
Century Antiques has clarified that the Vintage Iona Alexander Ritchie Designed Silver Caddy Spoon - Hamish Dawson-Bowman c.1950 (LA186149) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1950
The condition of the piece all round is excellent with no faults to report, and the item looks to have had limited use in its lifetime. The silver has developed a nice patina and it has darkened in between the knot work, which really makes it stand out well.
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This Vintage Iona Alexander Ritchie Designed Silver Caddy Spoon - Hamish Dawson-Bowman c.1950 is located in Kilby, United Kingdom