Tablespoon (One of a Pair)

about 1750–70
Daniel Parker (1726–1785)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

10.67 x 51.56 cm (4 3/16 x 20 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1977.739

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The spoon has an upturned handle tip with short midrib and rectangular stem, ending in an elliptical bowl. The back of the bowl has a broad drop with worn webbed-shell decoration.


Two of about thirty surviving spoons (see cat. no. 100) known by Parker (some of which also bear the mark of Stephen Emery), these examples were probably owned by a family whose last name started with the letter B. Parker also made a caster engraved “LB,” but the family name is unknown.

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

On back of handle tip, engraved "I * B / to / L * B"

Markings

"D [pellet] Parker" in rectangle is stamped on back of stem.

Provenance

Early history unkown.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James R. Carter