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It is intriguing to surmise why the date pinpricked on the top of the seal is some sixty years later than the approximate date that the spoon was made. It may well have been a marriage or an anniversary. Steven More was buried in Totnes on July 24th 1613. He was admitted to freedom at Exeter in 1560-3 and was still there when his son was baptised in 1572. However, More had migrated to Totnes by 1574 when his second son was baptised there. See "West Country Silver Spoons and their Marks" by Timothy Kent. The earliest recorded English seal top spoon was circa 1525 but the majority of these spoons were made in the 17th century and their popularity faded out by the end of that century. The seal top finials were never intended to be used as a seal.
6.6 inches (16.8 cm) long