Apostle spoon depicting Saint Jude

English (London)
Marked by William Simpson (apprenticed 1499, died about 1546)

Object Place: Europe, London, England


L. 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.); W. of bowl 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.); Weight, 73.7 gm (2 oz 7 dwt)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver gilt

Not On View





The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a slightly tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Jude holding a long cross in his right hand and a book in his left. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The apostle figure and nimbus are each cast separately and applied. The gilding has been renewed.


Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; April 4, 1936, Perry estate sale, American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, New York, lot 220J, no. 7; 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