English dognose table spoon, London, circa 1702, by Henry Greene. Britannia standard (95.84% pure silver). Length - 8 inches. Good condition, with no dents or repairs, or wear to bowl. Maker's mark is worn but can be positively identified as that of specialist spoonmaker Henry Greene; date letter rubbed and only faintly discernible (possibly 1702); lion's head erased and Britannia figure hallmarks are legible. The back of the handle retains the shaded block initials N over LM for the original owners of the spoon, and the back of the bowl displays a plain rat tail. Henry Greene was apprenticed as a spoonmaker in 1693 to Thomas Allen, who is listed by Timothy Kent as one of the "First Fifteen" London spoonmakers. He was later "turned over" to Joseph Bird and became free and entered his own first mark in 1700. This mark contained the first two letters of his surname, GR, as was the custom during the Britannia standard era, within a shaped shield with a device below. In December 1711, he was signatory as "working goldsmith" to the petition complaining of competition by "necessitous strangers." Also, in February 1716, he opposed the assaying of work by foreigners who had not served seven years apprenticeship. In July 1720, he entered his second (sterling) mark. He appears in the records as a plateworker as late as 1734. An unusual opportunity to own an early dognose spoon by one of the best London spoonmakers of the early 18th century.