Nether Stowey Hoard by Unknown Artist

This hoard consists of four slip top spoons, a goblet and a bell salt and was almost certainly hidden for safekeeping in the 1640s during the English Civil War.


Art Fund grant:
£12,500 ( Total: £38,000)
Acquired in:
Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The hoard lay close to a royalist garrison at Stowey Court and may have been owned by its occupants or, perhaps more likely, a prosperous local yeoman. The objects were all made in London, including three spoons by the specialist spoon maker John Feake. Feake served his apprenticeship with Somerset-born silversmith Daniel Cary. The bell salt is a particularly rare survival and interesting as it was made by two different makers at different times.


Found by a metal detectorist in Nether Stowey and declared Treasure in 2008.

Venue details

The Museum of Somerset Taunton Castle, Castle Green, TAUNTON Somerset TA1 4AA 01823 255088

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) Open Bank Holiday Mon Closed one week in Jan, see website for details