Seal-Top Spoon

English (London)
marked for about 1640
Unknown, 19th century


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

L. 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight 37.9 gm (1 oz 4 dwt)

Accession Number

33.207

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and tapered hexagonal stem. The baluster support is surmounted by an oval seal. The spoon appears to have been cast in one piece. Traces of gilding remain on the upper portion of the baluster support underneath the seal. There is a large pitted area on the underside of the bowl.

Inscription

Pricked on top of seal, *H* over S*N

Markings

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, indecipherable maker's mark; lion passant; indecipherable date letter, possibly A

Provenance

Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914).
(Accession Date: March 2, 1933)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)