about 1740–56
Jacob Hurd (American, 1702 or 1703–1758)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


32.2 x 9.2 x 5.5 cm (12 11/16 x 3 5/8 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, with turned wood handle

Not On View




Silver flatware

The raised elliptical bowl with a center point has a scalloped rim and corresponding fluted sides, with broad pouring lips at each end. The stem is forked and scrolled and soldered to bowl with circular prunts. The stem is attached to a solid, tapering circular handle socket, which receives the friction-fitted replacement wooden handle. An old repair to stem is visible at juncture between fork and bowl.

This Hurd ladle is similar to one by William Swan (cat. no. 119), although it is executed with less refinement, as seen in the shaping of the bowl and the cast elements.

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.


On back of bowl engraved "N/I*M" in shaded roman letters.


In bowl, above center point, stamped "HURD" in roman capitals within rectangle.


According to family history, George Stevens (1867 – 1953), the donor, inherited the ladle from Daniel L. Hazard (b. 1865), Nancook Farm, Narragansett, Rhode Island. The initials “N / I*M” may stand for a member of the Nichols family, possibly a relative of Susannah Nichols (1662 – 1746), wife of Thomas Hazard (1660 – 1746), m. 1682.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of George Stevens