Miniature fork (one of set of miniature fork and spoon)
John Coney (American, 1655 or 1656–1722)
Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Buhler, 1972, No. 46
Overall (length): 11 cm (4 5/16 in.); Weight of pair: 13 dwt.
Medium or Technique
Burton A. Cleaves Gallery (Gallery LG27)
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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Leavitt Pickman