I would like to thank John Green for his kind permission for the use of the picture on the front cover. The more I look and study this wonderful painting, my appreciation increases. On page 12 you can read about the silversmith and artist of this fine masterpiece.

Please note that The Club Postal Auction has moved back a week to 16th May and still has its usual interesting entries, with a number of Provincial pieces with many in excellent condition plus two Paul De Lamerie tablespoons, the greatest silversmith of them all. It will be interesting how well they do as the Postal Auction is only for members.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to seeing those who can make it to Burlington Arcade, on the first Tuesday of the month.



A Late Over-Striking By Wallis and Hayne

By Ian Mc Alpine M.A.

Recently I acquired a 1787 (m) Old English London teaspoon whose illegible maker's mark was overstruck with that of Thomas Wallis and Jonathan Hayne. Since their TW/JH mark was not registered until 1810 (1) it would seem that Wallis and Hayne were at one time selling second-hand flatware which in this case must have been at least 23 years old on which they placed their own mark as retailers.

Have any comparable examples been discovered?

1. Pickford's Jackson, p.230.


Calamity Corner

C.A. Ellwood jots down: My querry about Calamity Corner at the BADA Fair encourages the suggestion that it is possible to complete the article 'Improving Your Spoons (part one)' with Lot 57 in the Postal Auction (The Finial, Feb/Mar '03, p.41), reported as having "tiny spit on bowl near handle".

Spit and polish is an established convention already - is this to be taken as an indication of a new management philosophy? Or is it just a happy typographical. I hope this gives a momentary smile. (Ah! my deliberate mistake had been spotted - as well as others. As my school report often said "he could do better" - Ed.)



Doctor William Gutherie, Spoon Club member since 1995 and author of "Dundee Silver 1750-1850" passed away on 27th March 2003, aged 76. In 1974 William Gutherie began collecting provincial Dundee silver, which he pursued until his death. He gave talks in his local area, Dundee, on the subject of his fascinating collection. Dr Gutherie wrote other books on genealogy and the Gutherie family history. He is survived by his four daughters, two sons and 19 grandchildren.

Members will undoubtedly wish to join me in expressing deepest sympathy to his family on their bereavement.


The Finial, April/May 2003

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