Dessert spoon

1909–1912
Designed by Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938), Maker Sylvanus E. Lamphrey (active 1909–1912)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

3.5 x 19 cm (1 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1978.261

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The straight-handle spoon has a downturned coffin-shaped end.


The Arthur Stone collection at the Museum, in addition to being representative of this master’s oeuvre, also contains several personal items that were used daily by this silversmith and his family. These include this spoon, which is engraved with his wife’s initials.

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

“E [pellet] B [pellet] S” in block letters engraved on handle.

Markings

“STERLING / Stone [with profile of incuse chasing hammer across St] / L” struck on back of handle.

Provenance

Made for Elizabeth Bent Stone; Arthur and Elizabeth Bent Stone estate to their companion Annie E. Priest; by descent to Stone’s cousin Alma Bent, from whom the Museum purchased the piece.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund