If you are looking for 'best in show' examples of Hester Bateman silver, look no further. These are well and away the most elegant long handled silver serving or basting spoon pair currently at market by the Queen of English Silversmiths. This pair is hand forged from a heavy gauge of silver with an opulent profile. If they were good enough for a member of Parliament, they are good enough for you.
Both pieces have excellent bottom-struck hallmarks for Hester Bateman. The bowls are scalloped and adorned with hand stippled and chased embellishments on both sides. The top side of the stems are intricately chased with a floral pattern and have a framed cartouche at the top. Within the cartouche is a crest (added later) of the Watkin Baronetcy, of Northenden in the County Palatine of Chester (now Cheshire), a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. This crest was created on 12 May 1880 for the railway magnate and politician Sir Edward William Watkin. The crest can be described as a cock's head couped.
On the top side, the bowls are gilded Each spoon is 12" in length. Overall, this matched pair of Georgian spoons is in fantastic condition with a good, thick bowl tip, strong heel to the reverse of the bowl and an excellent patina. In addition to "basting" spoon, this form of long handled server is also known as a stuffing spoon or gravy spoon.
Condition is outstanding with typical fine surface scratches commensurate with age and use. Hardly any flaw at all. Minor loss of gilding in the bowls and patina as you would like to see it. No bends, breaks, dints, or repairs. Weight is 245 grams on the pair.
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