Tablespoon (one of a pair)

about 1750–70
Daniel Parker (1726–1785)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 4.5 x 20 cm, 0.05 kg (1 3/4 x 7 7/8 in., 0.11 lb.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View




Silver flatware

The spoon has an upturned handle tip with short midrib and rectangular stem, ending in an elliptical bowl. The back of the bowl has a broad drop with worn webbed-shell decoration.

Two of about thirty surviving spoons (see cat. no. 100) known by Parker (some of which also bear the mark of Stephen Emery), these examples were probably owned by a family whose last name started with the letter B. Parker also made a caster engraved “LB,” but the family name is unknown.

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.


On back of handle tip is engraved "I * B / to / L * B."


"D [pellet] Parker" in roman letters within a rectangle is stamped on the back of stem.


Early history unkown.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. James R. Carter