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Scottish Provincial Silver Gravy Spoon Robert Keay Perth 1791-1825

Heading : A Perth silver gravy spoon
Date :
Period : George III
Origin :
Marked for Robert Keay I of Perth
Decoration : Pointed old english pattern spoon
Size :  23.2cms long
Condition : Mint. The chamfered tip of the spoon is in unused condition
Restoration : None
Weight :  64g 2 Ozt

This is marked five times RK , double eagle, RK , double eagle, RK

The final RK mark left to right is inverted. There is a myth that Scottish provincial silver was marked locally by hammermen from Dumfries to Wick and Iona to Peterhead because it was too far to travel to the assay offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. This flies in the face of the facts that many silversmiths had some of their wares assayed and others not. Robert Keay is a prime example, there are numerous pieces assayed for him in Edinburgh.

The real reason was tax, some may refer to this as being canny, for others its called fraud. Firstly much silver was recycled, fashions would change and silver that had been assayed and taxed would be reused to fabricate new and fashionable items. Why pay tax twice? Secondly it was common practice in Scotland for a client to supply the silversmith with the raw material, not the other way around, some of the ingots would already have been assayed and taxed.  This practice was still in breach of a law that was simply flouted as it was difficult to enforce.







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