EnglandThe earliest recorded English seal-top spoon was circa 1525 but the majority of these spoons were made in the 17th century and their manufacture faded out by the end of that century. The finial was never intended to be used as a seal. Edward Hole, (usually spelt Holles in the Court Books) was born in Castle Cary, Somerset. However, he was a London silversmith and was one of the most prolific spoonmakers of all.
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