Apostle spoon

English (London)
Probably by Patrick Brew

Object Place: Europe, London, England


L. 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.); W. of bowl 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight53.9 gm (1 oz 17 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Not On View





The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint John raising his right hand in benediction and holding a cup in his left. The nimbus is pierced and rayed. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The apostle figure and nimbus are cast separately and applied. The nimbus is pierced.


In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark a crescent enclosing a mullet (Jackson, 1921, p. 106; rev. ed. 1989, p. 102); lion passant; date letter T


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]. (Accesion 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