Tablespoon

1774
Daniel Parker (1726–1785)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

4.1 x 21.7 cm (1 5/8 x 8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1971.319

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware

The spoon has a downturned rounded handle tip with short midrib on back and a rectangular stem. A rounded drop and worn eleven-ribbed shell decoration appear on back of the elliptical bowl.


This spoon, the survivor of six given to the Rev. Moses Everett by the “Dorchester Ladies,” presumably a church group affiliated with First Church, Dorchester, was probably intended as a wedding gift. He was married two months after his arrival at the Dorchester church.

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 in roman letters on the perimeter of handle tip "THE GIFT OF THE DORCHESTER LADYS." At center of handle tip are the initials "E / M = L." On back of handle, below midrib is inscribed "1774."

Markings

Marked "D [bullet] Parker" in roman letters within rectangle on back of stem.

Provenance

Presented by the “Ladies of Dorchester,” members of First Parish, Dorchester, to the Rev. Moses Everett (1750 – 1813) and his bride-to-be, Lucy Balch (1748 – 1776), m. November 24, 1774. By descent to Everett’s son Francis Everett (1795 – 1835), the child of his third wife, Hannah Clap (also Clapp) (1759 – 1819), and thence to his daughter Mary C. Everett (1824 – post 1901) and William Page Barnard (1812 – 1858), m. 1854.1 Made a gift by Mary C. Everett to “Mr. Eliot,” presumably the Rev. Christopher Rhodes Eliot, pastor of the First Church, Dorchester, about 1888; by descent to his daughters, the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Martha May Eliot and Miss Abigail Adams Eliot