Antique Silver Edward VII Coronation Anointing Spoon
This item is a demitasse replica of a spoon dating back to the 14th Century. The original spoon is the oldest, continuously used piece of regalia of the English Royal Collection. The spoon is used to hold holy oil that is used to anoint the sovereign during his/her coronation. The divided bowl of the spoon was designed in this fashion so that the archbishop might dip two fingertips into the holy oil. The sovereign is then anointed on the hands, breast and head. The anointing is the most sacred part of the coronation, a tradition going back to the Old Testament, and takes place before the investiture and crowning.
This particular item is hallmarked with the lion passant indicating it is sterling silver. The Assagay office is Birmingham, denoted by the anchor and its date stamp indicates it was produced in 1901. The maker’s mark, M BROS, is for Miller Bros – a company founded in the 1870s by brothers Charles, George and Richard Miller.
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