Rat-Tail table spoon. This relates to how the handle was attached to the bowl and describes a long narrowing join from the handle on the back of the bowl. Seeing that the stem widened the Trefid became popular on the end from the handle, this describing a finish having three lobes. Early examples have th particular date letter struck high on the handle. The rat-tail faded away around 1725 but some down the road examples were produced. Spoons with die struck explications also tend to be early spoons and the handle type provides better indication of the period in which it was produced, tight hexagonal stems being earlier than puritan stems. Teaspoons are generally produced from around 1670 and early ones are rarely fully marked, only getting the makers mark and the lion passant. You may be very privileged and find one with a turned handle but these are quite rare. Picture back teaspoons became popular in the 18th century, the style being stamped on the outer of the bowl.
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