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Apostle spoon; silver; gilt terminal of St Peter wearing a breast-plate; sacred monogram engraved in the bowl; London hallmarks and maker's mark.
- Made in: London
- (Europe,British Isles,England,London)
- Length: 19.5 centimetres (approx)
- Weight: 80.6 grains
Inscription ContentT [1536-7]
Inscription Typemaker's mark
Inscription Typesacred monogram
In set with 1981,0701.1-13.
Set exhibited, 'Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547', V&A Publications, 2003, no. 195, p. 323, ill.
Gallery Label: Gallery 46, Case 6, August 2005
A set of 13 ‘Apostle’ spoons
Silver, silver gilt, London, 1536-7
Purchased with aid from the NHMF; MLA 1981,7-1,13
Spoons were fashionable personal items, frequently mentioned in documents and usually given as christening gifts. ‘Apostle’ spoons, the finials formed as one of the 12 Apostles, were especially popular.
2003-2004 9 Oct-18 Jan, London, V&A, Gothic: Art for England 1400-1547, no.195, p.323, ill.
Key and book emblems broken away.
23 June 2005
Reason for treatment
Clean- Remove tarnish.
The spoon is in good condition overall.There is surface dirt and dust present.There is tarnish present on the silver surface of the object in many areas.
Cotton swabs of Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) were used to remove the dirt and dust from the surface.Cotton swabs of Goddards Hotel Silver Dip were used to remove the surface tarnish (In fume cupboard). The objects were then rinsed thoroughly for at least 10 minutes in running tap water to remove any silver dip residues. The object was lightly steam cleaned from a good 20cm distance to remove any further residues of silver dip.The object was dried thoroughly with kleenex tissue to remove water through capiliiary action and then additionally dried using the hot air blower. There were a few tarnish marks on the bowl of the spoon that were not removed with silver dip. Silvo silver and chrome (cotton wadding,white spirit,Newburgh chalk,china clay) was used to remove them. White spirit was used to remove any remains of Silvo follwed by swabs of Acetone.
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Object reference number: MCT16939
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