Basting spoon (1) - .925 silver - England - First half 19th century

Basting spoon (1) - .925 silver - England - First half 19th century
Good condition - used with small signs of ageing - 204 g

Antique Georgian medium basting spoon

Spoon has engraved lion head, 3 initial letters DRS and the Latin phrase ' Courage sans peur ' - ( Courage without fear) with engraved initial letters '
Maker: William Chawner II
Made in England, London, 1823
Fully hallmarked.

Dimensions -
31.8 x 5.7 x 3.8 cm
Weight : 204 grams

A long handled spoon, usually 30 to 35 cm long, for scooping up the meat juices in the bottom of the roasting vessel, and pouring them over the meat, to ensure the meat browned as it cooked. Basting spoons date from the 17th century, and the early examples had a tubular tapering handle (to facilitate cooling of the handle) and a spherical end cap. However few early examples survive, as the handles easily dented or fractured and were difficult to repair. Later examples from about 1770 to 1860 had a conventional flat handle as seen on other types of spoons of this period.

The business was founded in 1815 by William Chawner II who was apprenticed to William Fearn in 1797.
Free in in 1804 he entered his first mark as spoonmaker in 1808 in partnership with William Eley and William Fearn.
The partnership was dissolved c. 1814 and William Chawner II entered his first mark alone in 1815. After his death (1834) the business was continued by his widow Mary (née Burwash).

Chawner was the most important manufacturer of spoons and forks in London and participated to the 1851 Great Exhibition and to the 1862 International Exhibition. Their pattern book (c.1875) is the reference for naming many of the patterns manufactured in the Victorian era.
Chawner & Co were supplier of important retail houses as Hunt & Roskell, R.& S. Garrard & Co, Elkington & Co (in most cases they overstruck the pieces with their own mark).

Condition : General wear and tear, good overall condition, please see pictures.

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Lot details
No. of items
Basting spoon
.925 silver
Manufacturer/ Brand
William Chawner II
Model/ Name
William Chawner II
Estimated Period
First half 19th century
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of ageing
3.8×5.7×31.8 cm
204 g
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