Iced tea spoon

about 1901
Arthur Stone (American, born in England, 1847–1938)


Object Place: Gardner, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

2.3 x 17 cm (7/8 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1978.257

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

This spoon has a downturned scroll-end handle, rolled in upon itself, and a ridged rattail.


As early as 1915, Stone began exhibiting his silverware at the Little Gallery in New York City. Sometime afterward, the gallery advertised four of Stone’s flatware patterns for sale, including this Georgian design. It was twice as expensive as the others, indicative of the intensive labor required to hand file the scroll handles.

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

None.

Markings

“STERLING” stamped and “Stone,” incised with profile of incuse chasing hammer across St, struck on back of handle.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund