Dessert spoon

1912–1937
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Maker Charles Brown (American, active 1912–1937)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

4.5 x 19.8 cm (1 3/4 x 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.264

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The trifid upturned-handle spoon was made in two pieces; the bowl is attached with a ridged rattail drop.


The combination of a trifid-end handle and a tapering rattail of raised metal down the center of the bowl indicates that the spoon was based on a London-made seventeenth-century prototype.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across St] / STERLING / B [sideways]” struck on back of handle.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund