Spoon

1698–1715
William Ward (American (born in Killingworth, Connecticut), 1678–1768)


Object Place: Wallingford or Guilford, Connecticut

Dimensions

4.4 x 18.4 cm (1 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1992.273

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The spoon has an upturned trifid-end handle with flat stem terminating in an elliptical bowl with rounded drop and a ridged rattail.


Few works are known by William Ward of Killingworth, Connecticut, whose progeny worked as silversmiths and possibly as clockmakers. These include his sons Macock Ward (1702 – 1783) and William Jr. (1705/6 – 1761). His grandson Bilious Ward (1729 – 1777), son of William Jr., was known to have made a paten for Dr. Samuel Johnson, first president of Kings College (now Columbia University).
This early trifid-handled spoon may have been made in Guilford, Connecticut, where Ward worked at the start of his career. Two spoons bearing the “WW” and stars mark are in the collection of Historic Deerfield; one is trifid handled, and the other is a round-ended example having a front midrib and an upturned handle.

Inscription

On back of stem, engraved "[pellet] T [pellet] B [pellet] / [pellet] M [pellet] R (reconfigured as an "A" or vice versa) [pellet] / 1696."

Markings

Marked three times on back of stem "WW," with two stars above and one below, all within a shield shape having a serrated top. A second, unidentified mark may be a symbol or pseudohallmark.

Provenance

Original owner unknown, although the initials could be those of Tunis Bergen (1679 – 1755) and his wife, Mary or Marritje, of Jamaica, New York. The spoon descended in the Bergen family in a similar fashion as the Henricus Boelen spoons owned by the same family.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Warren Christie Moffett in honor of her grandfather, Francis Henry Bergen, and her mother, Ruth Bergen Dort