Rare early Colonial spoon, Alexander Robertson, Sydney, 1820s-30s
Rare early Colonial spoon, Alexander Robertson, Sydney, 1820s-30s
Rare early Colonial spoon, Alexander Robertson, Sydney, 1820s-30s

Rare early Colonial spoon, Alexander Robertson, Sydney, 1820s-30s

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A very interesting survivor from early Sydney. This spoon is stamped for Alexander Robertson. It is quite crudely made. We were wondering if it had been made from one half a pair of sugar tongs, but the bowl is significantly bigger than tong bowls at the time. We have decided it was probably a medicine spoon. 

Robertson was quite a character. He was convicted and transported for forging hallmarks in 1822. He was assigned to various silversmiths in the colony; James Robertson, William Roberts and Alexander Dick. He gave evidence against Dick at his trial. After obtaining a ticket of leave he is listed as working in Lower Pitt Street in 1833 and 1834. 

The spoon is clearly marked (although they are not spaced out nicely) with his pseudo hallmarks. 

It measures cm long.