Tablespoon (one of three)

about 1780–1790
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 21.6 x 4.3 cm (8 1/2 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1973.620

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The spoon has an ovoid bowl and a slightly pointed, downturned handle. The handle is engraved with initials in an oval, topped by a bowknot; bright-cut flowers decorate the stem. The handle joins the bowl at an elongated slashed drop.


The war years caused a hiatus in Paul Revere’s silversmithing career, from April 1775 until early 1779; his daybooks indicate that he was not back into full production until 1781. He then embarked on a roughly twenty-five-year period as New England’s leading producer of silver in the new Neoclassical, or Federal, style. His silversmithing career seems to have come to an end about 1806.
These three spoons, in excellent condition, demonstrate the finest quality of Revere’s Federal-period flatware. They are but three of many known examples. Their original owner is, unfortunately, 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

"JVR" or "IVR" in script within an oval on handle

Markings

"REVERE" in rectangle on back of handle

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Hovey