Spoon (one of a pair)

1915
William P. Bolles (active in 1910–1916)


Dimensions

L. 7 1/2 in.; w. (bowl) 1 7/16 in.; wt of one spoon is 41.3 grams; the other is 41.8 grams; the latter spoon has the insect mark close to edge of handle.

Accession Number

2001.191.1

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

Pair of spoons in the colonial revival style, each having downturned, coffin handles and a scalloped notch along the center of the stem. Bowl is egg-shaped.

Inscription

Each spoon engraved "B/M*B" in roman letters on handle tip; on back of handle tip is the script engraving "June 12 / 1915"

Markings

Marked "BOLLES" within a rectangle, along with an incuse symbol of a winged insec, both on the back of each handle stem.

Provenance

The donor purchased the spoons from F. B. Hubley, Cambridge, Massachusetts, auctioneers, December 1, 1999, lot 116. The donor believes that the spoons came from the estate of Wilbur Joseph Bender (1903-?), former dean of Harvard College and later instructor at Phillips Andover Academy.

Credit Line

Gift of Alexander Yale Goriansky

Copyright

Gift of Alexander Yale Goriansky