Seal-top spoon

English
1607–08
Marked by crescent encl. saltire


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.); W. of bowl 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.); Weight 45.4 gm (1 oz 11 dwt)

Accession Number

35.1555

Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and an hexagonal stem. The baluster support is surmounted by a circular seal. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The seal and chased baluster support are cast separately and applied.

Markings

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark a crescent enclosing a saltire (Jackson, 1921, p. 110; rev. ed. 1989, p.107); lion passant; date letter K

Provenance

Until 1925, Philip L. Spalding; 1925, gift of Philip L. Spalding to Frank Brewer Bemis; 1935, bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 7, 1935)

Credit Line

Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis