This spoon appears on Adrien von Ferscht’s database of Chinese silver makers on the website Chinese-Export-Silver.com
A Japanese silver and gilt caddy spoon in the form of a chrysanthemum. It is marked SM whose mark typically appears on Liberty & Co’s silver in the 1893-1899 period. It is further marked with English assay and import marks for Liberty & Co 1898. It is in excellent condition and a good gauge of silver.
The S.M mark has been documented by Adrien von Ferscht, an expert on Chinese Export Silver, as originating from a little known Canton firm working in Yokahama, Japan, Sadajiro Musashiya. The firm’s founder and silversmith being Ozeki Sadajiro.
These types of Japanese spoons also feature in Simon Moore’s book “Artists’ spoons and related table cutlery” pages 50-52
Maker: SM, Japanese maker for Liberty & Co
Marks: SM, Ly&Co, London, b
Material: Sterling Silver
Size: 12.5cm long
Weight: 1.6 oz, 45 grams