Rat-Tail place. This relates to how the take care of was attached to the bowl and describes a long limiting join from the handle onto the back of the bowl. Mainly because the stem widened the Trefid became popular on the end for the handle, this describing an end having three lobes. Early examples have th time frame letter struck high on the handle. The rat-tail vanished around 1725 but some later on examples were produced. Spoons with die struck motifs also tend to be early spoons and the handle type provides better indication of the period in which it was produced, slim hexagonal stems being earlier than puritan stems. Teaspoons have been produced from around 1670 and early ones are seldom fully marked, only getting the makers mark and the big cat passant. You may be very grateful and find one with a turned handle but these are quite rare. Picture back teaspoons shot to popularity in the 18th century, the picture being stamped on the external of the bowl.
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