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spoon

Silver spoon (cochlear). It has a fairly short, pear-shaped bowl showing considerable wear on the front and nearside-front edge. There is a rat-tail beneath  the bowl, and a large, rather crude zoomorphic offset in the form of a griffin’s head with open beak. The short, chamfered handle springs from the mid-line of the offset, not the top, so is set low relative to the bowl. In the bowl is a small chi-rho monogram, simply engraved in single lines.

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Silver spoon (cochlear). It has a fairly short, pear-shaped bowl showing considerable wear on the front and nearside-front edge. There is a rat-tail beneath the bowl, and a large, rather crude zoomorphic offset in the form of a griffin’s head with open beak. The short, chamfered handle springs from the mid-line of the offset, not the top, so is set low relative to the bowl. In the bowl is a small chi-rho monogram, simply engraved in single lines.

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