Apostle spoon

English (London)
Marked by William Cary

Object Place: Europe, London, England


L. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.); W. of bowl 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.); Weight 59.5 gm (1 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The spoon has an elliptical bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Bartholomew holding a book in his right hand and a knife in his left. On the top of the nimbus is a dove on a stippled ground. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The finial and nimbus are cast separately and applied. There are traces of gilding on the finial.


Engraved at a later date on back of bowl, JJS


In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark WC three pellets above and a rose between pellets below in a plain shield (Kent, 1981, p. 31); lion passant; date letter C


Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; April 4, 1936, Perry estate sale, American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, New York, lot 220J; Mrs. Howard Eric, Stamford, Conneticut. December 2, 1949, Parke-Bernet Sale, New York, lot 75, sold to the MFA and purchased with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $5,000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 12, 1949)

[1] MFA accession numbers 49.1710 - 49.1721 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour