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Sterling Silver Ceremonial Commemorative Spoon Edward V

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Sterling Silver Ceremonial Commemorative Spoon Edward V
A sterling silver ceremonial spoon commemorating King Edward V. This spoon is somewhat of a "mystery". It is possibly a reproduction of a very early spoon - its only marks are: BM within a rectangle, lower case "r" in a shield-shaped punch surmounted by a triangular punch containing a device, and a third mark which cannot be identified (see enlargement 5). The spoon has a large oval bowl featuring a very detailed image inside a beaded border of the young King Edward V wearing a crown and ermine robes - identified at the bottom within a cartouche captioned EDWARD V. Attached to the handle is a vertical casting of the Royal coat-of-arms with lion and unicorn supporters (see enlargements 3 and 4). King Edward V acceded to the throne in the year 1483 at the tender age of 12 and was sent, along with his younger brother, from his home in Ludlow Castle to London for his Coronation. Two months later, however, he was declared illegitimate and deposed in favor of Richard III. He and his brother were moved to the Tower of London where they died on or about September 1483. Measures 4 3/4 inches in length.

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