Apostle spoon

English (London)
Marked by Daniel Cary

Object Place: Europe, London, England


L. 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.); Weight 62.4 gm (2 oz)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View





The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and an hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint James the Greater holding a book in his left hand and a pilgrim’s staff in his right hand. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The finial and nimbus are cast separately and applied. The staff is broken above the saint’s hand. There are traces of pricked initials, now illegible, on the back of the bowl near the join with the stern.


In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark D enclosing C (Kent, 1981, p. 26); lion passant; date letter E


Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; April 4, 1936, Perry estate sale, American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, New York, lot 220J; Mrs. Howard Eric, Stamford, Conneticut. December 2, 1949, Parke-Bernet Sale, New York, lot 75, sold to the MFA and purchased with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $5,000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 12, 1949)

[1] MFA accession numbers 49.1710 - 49.1721 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour