It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Anthony Dove FRSA has accepted the position of Honorary President to The Silver Spoon Club of Great Britain. As well as a friend who has been very supportive and helpfully putting together The Finial, Tony is the perfect person for this position, with his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject he is happy to share his information and discoveries with the world.

This Finial, 60 pages, has had its dilemmas as usual but I think I am getting better at it now! Well I hope so. I think spoons are taking over my life, every time I see my friends they ask how I am, and all I can reply is that I'm still working on the Finial! However I do enjoy it.

The Postal Auction is now incorporated into the Finial, as printing cost would be too prohibitive to keep it separate. There are 153 lots with many nice examples with low reserves indeed. After a number of comments from members I am going to run the Postal Auction with every issue, as it seems to be a very long wait until the next one, and this will also help spread the spending for buyers. The next Postal Auction will be on 9th May 2003 (lots to be in by 1st April).

Also in this Finial, there are free tickets for the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair (see page 23) and at a reduced priced, a copy of Timothy Kent's latest book 'Sussex Silver & Its Makers' with a review by the Clubs retired Honorary President, Eric Smith Esq. (see page 25).

Last but not least, please, if you are thinking of writing a piece, have a question, can answer someone's question or have any comments, remember, there is no time like the present.



Two Kings Not Worth A Crown

By Edward Daw

I cannot solve Anthony Dove's query (The Finial Dec/Jan 02/03, page 5, Fig.5) but there was a precedent 21 years earlier.

In 1805 the Mint issued silver Dollars (unused in 1780 because of American war of Indepence). These 1780 (Geo.III) coins were over stamped with current George III duty head. The value was only 4s 9d.- Hence the expression 'TWO KINGS NOT WORTH A CROWN (5 shillings)'. The coin was then used in punch ladles and small dishes.


The Finial, February/March 2003

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