about 1790
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


8 x 32.5 cm (3 1/8 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver flatware

The ladle has a rounded drop on its hemispherical bowl. Its handle arches to a downturned pointed tip on which is engraved a lozenge-shaped device with pendant flower motif. There is a poor repair to a tear on the edge of the bowl, opposite the handle.

This large and simple ladle by Revere, with its round bowl and delicate engraving, was undoubtedly among the more popular utensils produced by his shop. In his daybooks, at least fifty are mentioned, most of them in the postwar era. These include salt and pepper ladles, cream ladles, tureen ladles, soup ladles, and punch ladles. Presumably, all but the cream and pepper ladles were of the sizable long-handled variety seen here. Revere produced a tureen ladle for taverner Andrew Cunningham; a punch ladle for Loyalist blacksmith Edward Foster; a tureen ladle for lumber merchant Samuel Dilloway; two tureen ladles for merchant Samuel Wells; and a tureen ladle for Col. Paul Dudley Sargent. Punch ladles were standard orders that Revere filled for his Masonic brothers at St. Andrew’s Lodge, St. Paul Lodge, and Tyrian Lodge, among others.

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.


Entwined script initials "SH" engraved within engraved lozenge at handle tip.


Marked "[pellet] REVERE" within a rectangle on back of handle.


As seen in cat. no. 168, in 1792 Capt. Samuel Howard purchased spoons and probably one other ladle from Revere. Howard may have also purchased this ladle from Revere; if so, the initials on this example could be his. Beyond this conjectural origin, little is known of the ladle until it was made a gift to the Museum in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of the grandchildren of James Dellinger Barney