Monday at Jubilee Market is Antiques Day in Covent Garden. I had a few minutes so I popped in to see if my eyes spotted anything which was interesting. I thought to myself that if I didn’t find anything, at least I would have a lot of fun talking to the dealers while waiting for an owner who wants our company to rent her London flat. I met a very nice fellow who was born in Africa, came to England when he was very young and became an antique dealer. He said he had something very interesting to show me, and he was exactly right. VERY INTERESTING!
The dealer pulled out of his backpack an original case which had engraved in gold EDWARD VII, 26TH JUNE, 1902 to the outside of the cover. When I saw the gilt engraving, I became very interested.
I opened the box and was delighted to see a spoon and a fork. The spoon is silver gilt with all the London silver hallmarks and is a copy of the Coronation Anointing Spoon. The fork was designed to complete the set in the “spirit” of the silver gilt anointing spoon. Really interesting.
The spoon was beautifully made to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII, “Bertie,” on the 26th of June, 1902.
This was a real find, and I was thrilled. This item cost me 50 pounds, and it was the best purchase of the trip. Really nice. All silver with remarkable association with a Royal event. Nice!
There I go again, antique sniffing and scratching! Bingo! MY MESSAGE? Don’t miss JUBILEE MARKET on Monday; it is a lot of fun. You will find something, I assure you. I love to sniff around, and I follow my nose.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918