Rat-Tail place. This relates to how the deal with was attached to the pan and describes a long narrowing join from the handle on the back of the bowl. As the stem widened the Trefid became popular on the end in the handle, this describing an end having three lobes. Early on examples have th night out letter struck high on the handle. The rat-tail gone away around 1725 but some after examples were produced. Spoons with die struck cause also tend to be early spoons and the handle type provides better indication of the period in which it was produced, minute hexagonal stems being prior to puritan stems. Teaspoons are generally produced from around 1670 and early ones are hardly ever fully marked, only having the makers mark and the big cat passant. You may be very lucky and find one with a turned handle but these are quite unusual. Picture back teaspoons shot to popularity in the 18th century, the style being stamped on the outside of the bowl.
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