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Ornate "Royal Portrait" pewter spoon, British, William III, rare and important slave-ship provenance

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Ornate  Royal Portrait  pewter spoon, British, William III, rare and important slave-ship provenance
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Ornate "Royal Portrait" pewter spoon, British, William III, rare and important slave-ship provenance. 42.3 grams, 7" long. A very elegant spoon (pied-de-biche type, trifid handle), with crowned head of William III at end, circular maker's mark with S-B and asterisk for Stephen Bridges of London on bottom near bowl, the underside of which is ornately designed, even gray color with a few dark spots, perfectly intact. While some 131 spoons were recovered from this wreck, only 72 were of this Royal Portrait design. The Henrietta Marie was heavily touted by the Fisher organization as the first and only slave ship found and salvaged and therefore of utmost archeological importance. With Treasure Salvors certificate #HMS48-31 from 1987. Recovered from: Henrietta Marie, sunk in 1700 off Marquesas Key, southwest of Key West, Florida