Small ladle

Mary P. Winlock (American, active 1888–1927)

Object Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


Overall: 13.5 x 4.5 cm (5 5/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, enamel

Not On View




Silver flatware

The small ladle has a shallow, hammered, hemispherical bowl, with a notch at the point of attachment to the handle. The cut-out handle has a rounded tip whose interior is pierced and decorated with a red enameled strawberry design.

This enamel-decorated spoon is a rare survival by Mary P. Winlock. A student of Denman Ross’s design courses in the summer of 1899, Winlock also trained in the shop of George Gebelein, becoming one of several talented women who chose metalworking as a career. In 1901 Winlock became a craftsman member of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, achieving master status in 1920. She participated in the Handicraft Shop cooperative from 1903, exhibiting work at the society in 1907 as a jewelry and metalwork designer. From 1901 to 1927, Winlock also maintained a studio at 59 Langdon Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Like many of the female decorative artists of her era, she produced designs for book covers, illustrations, bookplates, and posters.

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.




“M. P. W. STERLING” struck incuse on back of handle.


Descended in the family of silversmith George C. Gebelein, who worked with Winlock at the Handicraft Shop. Purchased from the estate of J. Herbert Gebelein, George Gebelein's son, in 1987 with funds provided by Gertrude Atwood.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Gertrude S. Atwood