Latten spoon with a slip top, made in England c.1590-1610.
The spoon has a slip top stem and fig-shaped bowl. The stem has a hexagonal cross-section which is now almost rounded-off through wear, which is flattened through out. It broadens very slightly towards the distal end. It is struck with a mark on the front of the bowl near the junction with the stem. There are scrates throughout the surface both front and back. The patina is polished to a much higher shine on the front than on the back. The spoon would have been tinned, for two reasons, one to protect from the brass which was detrimental to health, and the other was to give a finish similar to silver. It was easy to go through the tinning, as has happened in this case, especially on the inside of the bowl.