Teaspoon

about 1770–80
Benjamin Hurd (American, 1739–1781)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

2.3 x 12.4 cm (7/8 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1973.15

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

Round-tipped handle with feather-edge decoration has short midrib on back; stem is rectangular in section. The elliptical bowl has a rounded drop with seven-lobed webbed shell decoration. Foliate bright-cut decoration appears under owner’s initials. The bowl tip is somewhat worn.


This delicate teaspoon by Benjamin Hurd is one of a group that shares a distinctive lobed and webbed shell decoration on the back of the bowl.

Inscription

Engraved "P G" in roman letters on front of handle tip.

Markings

Stamped "B [device] H" in roman letters within a rectangle on back of stem.

Provenance

Early history unknown.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Peter Christian Beer