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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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This item SOLD at 2016 May 19 @ 20:34UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Ornate "Royal Portrait" pewter spoon, British, William III, rare and important slave-ship provenance. 42.26 grams, 7" long. A very elegant spoon (pied-de-biche type, trifid handle), with crowned head of William III (oddly doubled) flanked by W-R at end, circular maker's mark with S-B and asterisk for Stephen Bridges of London on backside 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, and pedigreed to the Thomas Gray collection and formerly displayed at the ANA Money Museum's "Treasures of the Deep" exhibit (2014-15), also pedigreed to our Auction #12, with original lot-tag #1796 and our photo-certificate. Recovered from: Henrietta Marie, sunk in 1700 off Marquesas Key, southwest of Key West, Florida