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Charles II. A very rare "Acanthus Spear" Wine Taster made in London circa 1680 by John Spackman.

The Taster is of circular form with a slightly baluster main body and everted rim. The lower section is decorated with scrolls and stylised foliate motifs, below a central prick dot band. This piece also has two unusual twisted rope work handles. The centre of the bowl, however, displays an unusual acanthus spear - a most unusual decorative motif to be seen on such a piece. The Taster is in excellent condition and is clearly marked on the side of the main body with IS with a cinquefoil motif below, for John Spackman, who had workshops in Charing Cross when this piece was made. The maker's mark is illustrated on page 136 of Jackson's, "Silver & Gold Marks."

Height: 0.9 inches, 2.25cm.
Length, handle to handle: 2.5 inches, 6.25cm.