Tablespoon

English (London)
1704–05
Probably by John Betts (first mark entered 1705)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

W. 4.1 cm x L. 20.5 cm (1 5/8 x 8 1/16 in.); Weight: 70.9 gm (2 oz 6 dwt)

Accession Number

35.1583

Medium or Technique

Silver

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

Same as 35.1581 except the maker's mark has been struck twice on top of itself and the date letter is mostly obscured.

Markings

On back of stem, maker's mark B (similar to Grimwade 154); 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