For Sale By Auction ~ A Rare Charles II West Country Puritan Spoon By Thomas Cory Of Warminster

Wednesday 31st January 2018:

A rare item from Warminster's past, over 350 years ago, comes under the hammer today (Wednesday 31st January 2018), in an auction of antiques and collectables presented by Marlborough Auction Rooms Ltd. The auction is being held at Marlborough Golf Club, which is located at Marlborough Common, on the A346.

The item, lot number 271, is a rare Charles II West Country Puritan spoon, thrice marked 'TC' on the back of the stem and once in the bowl, by Thomas Cory of Warminster, circa 1665. It is 16.5 cms long, weighs approximately 31.3 grams, and has 'CIM' scratched upon it.

The auction commences at 11.00 a.m. and bidding is available online. The auctioneers' estimate for the spoon is £1,000 to £1,200, and the starting bid will be £600.

For further details, telephone 01672 861081 or email The address for Marlborough Auction Rooms, is West End Offices, Elm Tree Park, Manton, Marlborough, SN8 1PS.

Footnote by Danny Howell:
"A rare Charles II ascribed West Country puritan spoon, with rudimentary 'V' rattail, scratched 'AW' on the back of the terminal, struck once in the bowl with maker's mark 'TC' in a heart shaped punch above a mullet, and thrice on the back of the stem with a script 'TC' mark, by Thomas Cory of Warminster, c.1665, 16.3 cm long, 1.2 oz.," was sold in an auction of early spoons, by Woolley & Wallis, in October 2003. The estimate was £800 to £1,200 and the spoon sold for £1,450.