Miniature fork (one of set of miniature fork and spoon)

about 1700
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Buhler, 1972, No. 46


Overall (length): 11 cm (4 5/16 in.); Weight of pair: 13 dwt.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)




Silver flatware

Two flat tines, flat handle broadening to wavy end. Decorative engraving of scrolls and leaves issueing from the mouth of a mask.


Engraved "MW" in block letters in a medallion on back of each handle.


Stamped: "IC" in a small rectangle on front of each handle


Made for Mary Willoughby (b 1676), Salem (1). (2) By descent to Sally Pickman Loring Dwight (1859-1913); May 5, 1916 lent by the Estate of Sally Pickman Dwight; May 17, 1918, transferred to the estate of their son Lawrence Dwight (1896-1918); June 28, 1918, returned to estate of Lawrence Dwight; by descent to his cousin; March 17, 1920, lent by Mrs. Dudley Leavitt Pickman to MFA; 1931, gift of Mr and Mrs Dudley Leavitt Pickman to MFA. (Accession date: May 7, 1931)

1: Granddaughter of Francis Willoughby (deputy governor of Massachusetts, 1665-1671), she m. Thomas Barton, 1710; in 1758 he bequeathed "unto my dearly beloved wife.. All her Maiden Plate as a Tanckard Spoons ect and as moch more as she may want to be useful for her."

2: Mary and Francis Willoughby's daughter Mary m. Dr. Bezaleel Toppan; their daughter Mary (1744-1817), m. Benjamin Pickman IV (1740-1819); Benjamin IV's son Thomas (1773-1817), m. second Sophia Palmer (1786-1862); their daughter Mary Toppan (1816-1878), m. Dr. George Bailey Loring, 1851; their daughter Sally Pickman Loring (1859-1913), m. Theodore F. Dwight.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Leavitt Pickman