Five o'clock teaspoon

1913
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

2.3 x 11.9 cm (7/8 x 4 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.258

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The downturned oval handle is engraved with a mistletoe sprig having five gold berries.


This spoon was a gift from Stone to Adelaide Bent, his sister-in-law. Bent was a violinist, hence the musical notes from the Gregorian chant engraved on the handle. She also was a member of the Stone household until her death, at which time Annie Priest was asked to share their home.
Much of the Museum’s collection of silver by Stone was purchased from Priest. The Museum’s collection of Stone drawings and working sketches include four images of spoons bearing a similar decoration. Two additional drawings at the Smithsonian Institution illustrate spoon handles with a twisted-leaf mistletoe; this example displays straight leaves.

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

Musical notes “A B,” within a rectangular cartouche, engraved on back of handle.

Markings

“STERLING” stamped and “S,” incised with profile of incuse chasing hammer stamped across “S,” struck on back of handle.

Provenance

Made for Adelaide Bent (1868 – 1916); by descent to Alma Bent, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund