The large scallop-shaped bowl of this ladle is notable for the leafy pattern swaged on the back of its deep and broad drop. The handle extends from a rounded drop toward a rounded downturned handle. The feather-edged decoration ends in swaged asymmetrical cartouche at handle tip.
Engraved "M / P * S" on back of handle tip in shaded roman letters. The Apthorp family crest, a mullet on a torse, is engraved within a cartouche on the front tip of handle.
Marked "[pellet] REVERE" in a rectangle on back of handle.
Ordered from Revere by Perez Morton (1750-1837), speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatatives from 1806-11, and Attorney General for Massachusetts from 1811-1832. Morton married Sarah Wentworth Apthorp (1759-1846) in 1781.1 Sarah's parents were James and Sarah (Wentworth) Apthorp of Braintree (now Quincy).2 By descent to their daughter Sarah Apthorp Morton (1782-1844) and Richard (or John) Cunningham, m. 1809; to their daughter, Charlotte Cunningham (1817/18) and Dr. Howard Sargent (1810-1872),3 to their daughter, Mary Sarah Sargent (1844-1908) and her second husband, John Vaughn Apthorp (b. 1844), m. 1882; to their daughter, Helen Sargent Apthorp (1883-1982) and Henry Smith Thompson (1871-1944) to their daughters, the donors, Mary Sargent Thompson (1909-1995) and Helena Apthorp Thompson Long (1903-1992). 1 Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart, II:534-38, cat. 561-563. Gilbert Stuart, Mrs. Perez Morton (Sarah Wentworth Apthorp) 1802, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 39.681, in Carol Troyen et al. American Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Summary Catalogue (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1997), p. 265. 2 John Wentworth, Descendants of Samuel2 Wentworth. Three Volumes. [Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1978), I:519-24. 3Emma Worcester Sargent and Charles Sprague Sargent, Epes Sargent of Gloucester and his Descendants (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1923), pp. 184-88.
Gift of Mary Sargent Thompson and Helena Apthorp Long