about 1823
Samuel Waters (about 1790–1805)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


3.8 x 17.7 cm (1 1/2 x 6 15/16 in.)

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Not On View




Silver flatware

The fiddlehead-style spoon has a pointed egg-shaped bowl with squared shoulders and a downturned tip.

Samuel Waters is an obscure Boston silversmith who was active in the early nineteenth century. He was apprenticed to Benjamin Burt and inherited Burt’s tools in 1805. Among other objects known by him are a tankard (on loan to the MFA) and a creampot in the Chrysler Museum. In some Congregational churches, silver spoons were used to add a few drops of water to the communion wine, following an Anglican practice.

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.


Engraved on top of handle "First Church / Malden 1823" in flowing, sprigged script.


Partially stamped on back of stem"S W" within a serrated rectangle.


In the collection of the First Church, Congregational, in Malden, Massachusetts, until given to the Museum in 1991.

Credit Line

Gift of the First Church in Malden, Congregational