A pewter ‘Maidenhead’ spoon

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A pewter ‘Maidenhead’ spoon

The ‘Maidenhead’ spoon was so called because the knop (end) showed a female figure. The example in the Exeter hoard is apparently the only one known in pewter but this style of figure is known in silver, and is believed to have been made only in the West Country. The closest parallel to this pewter example known in silver was made in Barnstaple. The spoon could belong either to the 16th or early 17th century.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum