Maidenhead spoon

English (London ?)
about 1570
Anonymous, 16th century


Object Place: Europe, London (?), England

Dimensions

W. of bowl 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.); L. 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.); Weight 31.9 gm (1 oz)

Accession Number

47.1429

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a rectangular stem. The finial is in the shape of a bust of a maiden. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The maidenhead finial is cast and attached to the stem with a lap-join. Traces of gilding remain on the finial. The bowl has been repaired.

Signed

CW or WC

Provenance

H. D. Ellis, Esq., Lt.-Col. J. Benett-Stanford, Tisbury, Wiltshire. November 14, 1935, Sotheby & Co., London, lot 226, sold. J. P. Morgan (1867–1943), New York; October 30, 1947, Parke-Bernet, lot 135, purchased by the MFA with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $110. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour