Spoon

about 1755–60
Attributed to Gideon Myrick (after 1735–about 1760)


Object Place: Possibly Eastham, Massachusetts

Dimensions

4.1 x 20.3 cm (1 5/8 x 8 in.)

Accession Number

1990.349

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The midrib spoon with upturned tip has a handle that is rectangular in section; it terminates in a rounded and slashed drop on elliptical bowl.


The sparse record of Gideon Myrick’s short life notes that “he was a goldsmith by trade; went to sea, fell overboard in the night and was drowned.” Although no birth record exists, he was probably born between 1734 and 1741 to Elizabeth Osborne (1715 – 1798) and Capt. William Myrick (d. 1742) of Eastham, on Cape Cod, who married in 1734/35.
This spoon is one of only four known to carry the “G  M” mark, which has recently been ascribed to Myrick.

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

Engraved "I * N / E * B" on back of spoon near tip of handle.

Markings

Stamped "G : M" within a rectangle on back of stem.
Ada Mark F1141

Provenance

Although the engraved initials are unidentified, this spoon descended to the donors along with an earlier spoon (1990.348) that John Coney made for the Gibbs/Shrimpton/Hastings families of Boston and Salem.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Ruth P. and Pauline Dennis