This is a well made George II Sterling Silver Table Spoon in the Hanoverian with Rat Tail pattern. Hanoverian, with its distinctive upturned end, came in variants both with with and without the rat tail along the back of the bowl and was the dominant flatware pattern of the mid-18th century. The underside of the stem has a crest engraved on it featuring an eagle's head within a crown.
The spoon was made in London in 1730 but unfortunately the makers' mark is rubbed away and so we can't say which silversmith made it. Condition is very good with just one little ding in the bowl and some rounding to the tip of the spoon which is almost inevitable after over 290 years of good service.Please make sure to view all the photographs as these form part of the description. The spoon is 19.7cm / 7.75ins long and weighs in at a very respectable 56.8g / 2oz of solid Sterling Silver. As is nearly always the case with spoons of this age the hallmarks are somewhat distorted by secondary hammering, however they can still be made out apart from the makers' mark. They show the lion passant for Sterling Silver, the crowned leopard's head assay mark for London and the date letter P for 1730.