Francis Howard thistle spoon ring (1966)
A single delicate thistle winds around this ring which features a cut out design. Originally a fork and now a ring - closed for comfort in an Australian size P (USA size 8).
Maker's mark for FH in a circle for Francis Howard (active 1957-2015), the thistle standard for sterling, castle for the city Edinburgh, script upper case L in rectangular cartouche for the year 1966
Flatware (well in this case "roundware") is the modern 5th wedding anniversary gift!
This is not a reproduction but an original piece.
Spoon rings originated in 17th century England. In those days, flatware was highly prized as it was made from solid silver and high stylized and decorated in an heirloom manner. Popular lore explains that servants, unable to afford to buy 'proper' engagement rings would steal a flatware piece from their master's home. They would shape it into a ring and give it to their beloved for a marriage proposal. Thus, the earliest spoon rings served as symbols of love and commitment, in defiance of strict social and economic barriers.