Antique 1901 sterling silver anointing spoon Birmingham British Empire rare gift

Antique 1901 sterling silver anointing spoon Birmingham British Empire rare gift

69.99

Antique 1901 sterling silver anointing spoons
Birmingham
Victorian era
British Empire
rare gift
maker mark: L&S - Levi & Salaman
British Empire sterling silver hallmark  - b (c.1901),  lion passant (sterling silver), Anchor (Birmingham)
spoon weight: 8 g
length: 95 mm
This is a replica spoon of the anointing spoon which is part of the coronation regalia.
The original spoon (held at the Tower of London) is made of gold and dates back to the 13th century, making it the oldest coronation piece. 
In the coronation ceremony Holy oil is poured from the Ampulla, which is in the form of a gold eagle, into the spoon.
The spoon is then applied by the officiating Bishop or Archbishop to the new sovereigns head, breast and palms. 

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