An early 18th century English silver Clasp.
A silver Clasp, probably for a velvet band, engraved with a seeded rose, struck with a maker’s mark only ‘TK’, circa 1710. This mark is often ascribed to Thomas Kedden [sometimes written as Thomas Kedder] but the attribution remains uncertain. The mark is evidently prior to the first surviving mark registers of the London Goldsmiths’ Company. ‘TK’ was clearly a specialist smallworker because the mark appears on silver book mounts, small nutmeg or tobacco rasps and counter boxes of the period.
Length – 2.80 cm.; Width – 2 cm.; Weight – 4.20 gms.