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SHOULD this publishing project enter profit, the Trust will be the beneficiary, using the monies on antiques projects or animal welfare, which are the Trust’s charitable areas.

This 500-page handy pocket-sized book represents the Ticktums’ collection of spoons, mostly built up over 25 years and in essence from a number of collections. Colin Ticktum says that up to 20 items are currently unique and many others are rare and seldom seen. This aide memoire has 13 chapters, including the latest acquisitions, one of which is a rare Kings Lynn Seal Top c.1610-1620, maker James Wilcocke.

Chapters include spoons English provincial, Eastern England, London pre-1720, London fancy backs, decorative, and special uses, with chapters on Scottish, Irish and colonial. Thorough descriptions, categorised under maker, technical description, marks, condition, inscription, comments and a note of the photos available. No provenance or price. A specialist book for collectors, dealers and auctioneers.