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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "THE HOW MAIDENHEAD SPOON. An exceptionally rare Elizabeth I Maidenhead Spoon made in Dorchester circa 1585 by Lawrence Stratford."
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Spoons from Dorchester are very scarce. Lawrence Stratford's father, John, was a prosperous goldsmith in the town, of which he was Bailiff in 1552, and in 1558/9 was assessed at the very substantial figure of £ 9 in goods. Lawrence no doubt succeeded to the business, and served as Bailiff in 1583. The 1593 Tax lists him at £ 3 in goods, but the 1599 return does not mention him, so he may well have died circa 1595.
During the 1570's Lawrence provided Communion Cups for about 30 parishes in Dorset, mainly west of the River Stour.
The spoon was previously in the Collection of Mrs Jane How, one of the foremost and most famous British silver dealers of the 20th century. A picture of Mrs How, with her great Old English Mastiffs, outside St James's Palace, is shown.
How - Volume 1 page 232-3
T.A. Kent, "West Country Silver Spoons and their Marks, 1550-1750" illustrated on page 154, Plate E, Number 2.
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