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Spoon: MAR.M.192-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Silversmith: Unknown
Carver: Unknown




Shell and silver; bowl and handle carved from a cowrie shell mounted in silver

Shell and silver; the bowl and handle are carved from a cowrie shell (Cypraea tigris) the bowl from the curved back, the handle from the columella. Pinned to the front and back of the bowl is an engraved acanthus leaf-shaped mount . This is attached to a broad silver ferrule which is embossed with a border of beads, rosettes and fleurs de lis. The ferrule is glued to the handle.


History note: Not known before Charles Brinsley Marlay, London

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Length: 14.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


17th Century, Mid-Late
Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1700 CE

Components of the work

Bowl composed of cowrie shell
Handle composed of cowrie shell
Ferrule composed of silver
Mount composed of silver
Bowl, Handle
Mount To Ferrule

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.192-1912
Primary reference Number: 166892
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 25 September 2015 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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