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S/1745 19th Century Folk Art Elm Figurative Spoon

A rare folk art and most interesting ornately carved elm figurative spoon, having a shape of the hat and the plait to the rear implying the work of a sailor. It was probably carved while on board a ship and is inscribed on the reverse 'Thomas Arthur'. The whole has a good honey colour and retains a patination - a real collector's item.

Sold 6 in. (16 cm.) Wide
English Circa 1820