Tablespoon

about 1740
John Burt (American, 1692/93–1745/46)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

4 x 19.8 cm (1 9/16 x 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.427

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The spoon has an upturned midrib handle terminating in an elliptical bowl, flattened and slightly worn at tip, with rattail on back.


A mate to this spoon, engraved with identical initials and in the same style, was sold in 1992 by Gebelein Silversmiths, Inc.

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

Engraved "A [Latin cross]L" in roman letters on back of handle tip.

Markings

On back of handle, marked "I. BURT" in roman letters within a shaped cartouche.

Provenance

Original owners unknown. Acquired by the donor, a collector of silver, sometime during the twentieth century.

Credit Line

A gift from the collection of Dr. Arthur DuBois Brundidge, Walden N.Y., and Northport, N.Y.