Mote spoons were made towards the end of the 18th century and their purpose was to remove tea leaves and motes (dust) from the surface of the drink. It is believed that the sharp end of the stem was used simply to clear the spout of the teapot.
On offer is a solid silver Georgian example made by the famous Hester Bateman which was hallmarked in London probably in the late 1770's. It is in very good condition, the bowl has beautiful and varied piercings and there is no damage or repair.
Georgian mote spoons are in themselves not particularly rare but ones by Hester Bateman certainly are. She was the matriarch of the famous Bateman family of Georgian silversmiths and as such highly collectible. The item "RARE HESTER BATEMAN ANTIQUE GEORGIAN SILVER MOTE SPOON" is in sale since Saturday, January 18, 2020.This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Cutlery". The seller is "wentworthsilver" and is located in Tiddington . This item can be shipped worldwide.