Tablespoon

English (London)
1704–05
Marked by John Smith (I) (free about 1690)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

W. 4.3 cm x L. 20.4 cm (1 11/16 x 8 1/16 in.); Weight: 73.7 gm (2 oz 7 dwt)

Accession Number

35.1580

Medium or Technique

Metal

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Each spoon is forged from a single piece of silver and has a deep oval bowl, a rat tail, a flattened stem, and a dog-nose terminus. On the back of the stem is an engraved cartouche containing a pillow and traces of obliterated initials.

Inscription

Engraved on back of handle, "Staple: Inn:"

Markings

On back of stem, maker's mark SM (Grimwade 2580); Britannia; lion's head erased; date letter i.

Provenance

Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 7, 1935).

Credit Line

Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis