Sugar Spoon

about 1918–32
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Maker George C. Erikson (American, 1896–1991)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

3.5 x 15.5 cm (1 3/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1978.265

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The sugar spoon has an oval handle decorated with an engraved floral design, which was accented with saw-piercing.


George C. Erickson was one of Stone’s few assistants capable of fine chasing work, yet he excelled in flatware above all else. Erickson concentrated on producing flatware after Stone’s designs from 1918 to 1932, at which time he went into business for himself in Gardner, Massachusetts, presumably as a result of the economic strain of the Depression on Stone’s business. Erickson’s grandson Peter (b. 1951) continues to produce flatware and jewelry in Gardner, using his grandfather’s tools.

This text has been adapted from “Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000,” edited by Jeannine Falino and Gerald W.R. Ward, published in 2008 by the MFA. Complete references can be found in that publication.

Inscription

None.

Markings

“Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer across St] / STERLING / E” struck on back of handle.

Provenance

Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Alma Bent, Stone’s cousin, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund