A set of six Beth Amoore silver tea spoons

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A rare and beautiful set of six silver arts and crafts spoons by little known arts and crafts metalworker Beth Amoore. I am going to stick my neck out and say they are the prettiest teaspoons I have ever handled, even including Cymric/Knox examples.  In her day Amoore was well regarded and widely exhibited, after 1918 becoming a leading woman artists in water colours. Her full biography is in “additional information”. Also see Simon Moore’s “Artists’ Spoons & Related Table Cutlery”, page 386 for a further example of Amoore’s work.

Each spoon is set with amethysts in a flower design to the finial.  All are hallmarked with Beth Amoore’s rare BA mark, London, 1911.  She only registered her mark in 27th October 1911, so these spoons would have been marked shortly after that. The spoons are in excellent condition.

Maker:  Beth Amoore

Designer:  Beth Amoore

Date: 1911

Marks: BA, London, “q”

Material: Sterling silver, amethyst

Condition: Excellent

Size: 10.5 cm long

Weight: 8 grams , 0.3oz each spoon

SKU: A478 Category:


Amoore, Beth [1863-1944. UK. Metalworker/Jewellery Designer/Enameller/Painter]

Beth Amoore was born Elizabeth Annie Amoore in St. Clements a suburb of St. Leonard’s-on-Sea in Sussex, England in 1863 and studied at South Kensington South Kensington, Westminster School of Art, and at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She was active as an artist from the 1890s and worked primarily as a metalworker, enameller, jewellery designer and painter. She also taught art at Sydenham High School in London.

Amoore participated in the Arts & Crafts Exhibition held at Leeds City Art Gallery in 1900. Her work was also shown at Society of Women Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Abbey Gallery and Dudley Gallery in London; the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool; and the Royal Cambrian Academy in Llandudno, Wales.  In the 1901 amd 1911 Census she described hermoccupation as “Artist and Art Teacher”.

She was elected an Associate of the Society of Women Artists (ASWA) in 1916, and a full member (SWA) the following year. Between 1922-27 she was secretary of the SWA. Amoore was also a member of Women Handicraft Workers, Hitchin, and the Clarion Handicraft Guild (CHG) and took part in the CHG’s exhibition in Manchester in 1904. A lock-plate in embossed and pierced copper, that was shown in this exhibition is illustrated in ‘Arts and Crafts’ February 1905 (p.142)

Amoore’s address was given as 26 Norfolk Mansions, London in 1934. She died in 1944.