A rare silver spoon made by a north-east silversmith more than 300 years ago is to go up for auction.
Created by Aberdeen silversmith William Lindsay around 1695 and bearing the name “Achnagat” – the old spelling of Aughnagatt – on the handle, is expected to be of huge interest when it is offered at auction next week with an estimated value of between £10,000 and £15,000.
It is thought that it was a one-off and is likely to have been commissioned by a local family in the Auchnagatt area.
In 2012 it was on loan to Aberdeen Art Gallery as an exhibit in “Silver, The Aberdeen Story”.
Measuring 19.7cm, the spoon is one of the most valuable items being offered by Woolley & Wallis in their Fine Silver & Objects of Vertu auction at their Salisbury Salerooms on Tuesday.
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Rupert Slingsby, associate director and silver specialist at Woolley & Wallis, said: “Early Scottish spoons have not survived in great numbers so when they come on the market they are greatly sought after by collectors.
“Lot 901 is an important Scottish spoon, not only to Aberdeen and the surrounding area, but to the history of Scottish spoons.
“Its rarity, condition and provenance has resulted in it achieving great auction interest and we’re expecting it to sell very well.”