Ladle

about 1785
Paul Revere, Jr. (American, 1734–1818)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

9.6 x 36.4 cm (3 3/4 x 14 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1002

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The ladle has a large scallop-shaped bowl with multiple squared drops on the back and extends to a long downturned handle with rounded tip. Feather-edge decoration is engraved along the perimeter of the handle. Poor repairs have been made around the squared drop.


In 1792 Capt. Samuel Howard purchased twelve large silver teaspoons from Revere, all with engraved cyphers. Neither this ladle nor another engraved “SH” by Revere (cat. 167) appears in the silversmith’s surviving daybooks. It is nevertheless possible that both were fashioned about the same time as the spoons.

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

In sprigged script, engraved "SN Howard"along length of handle near tip.

Markings

Marked "[pellet] REVERE" on back of handle.

Provenance

Aside from a conjectural attribution to Capt. Samuel Howard, caulker of Boston, nothing is known of the ladle before it was made a gift to the Museum in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of Elizabeth D. Geier and Thomas N. Dabney