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Salt spoon (one of four)

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The small salt spoon has a swaged scallop-shell bowl with squared shoulders that extends to a rounded, downturned handle with feather-edge decoration.

Inscription

Unidentified crest, possibly adopted by the Swan family, of a long necked bird standing in tall grass on a torse.

Marks

Marked "PR" in script within a rectangle on back of handle.

Provenance

James Swan (about 1750-1831) and Hepzibah Clarke (d. 1826), by descent to one of their three daughters, probably Christiana Keadie Swan (1779-1867) and John Turner Sargent (d. 1813) m. 1806.1 By descent to their son Howard Sargent (1810-1872) and Charlotte Cunningham (1818-1888), m. 1836; to their daughter, Charlotte Howard Sargent (1840-1869) and John D. Parker (1841-1878), m. 1864; to Charlotte's, sister, Alice Wentworth Sargent (1851-about 1929), who married her sister's widower in 1871; to their niece, Mary Frances Thomas (1873-1941), d. unm.; to her descendants, Mary Sargent Thompson (1909-1995) and Helen Apthorp Thompson (1911-1994), the donors.2 1. Lawrence Park, comp., Gilbert Stuart, An Illustrated, Descriptive List of His Works (New York: William Edwin Rudge, 1926), II:729-31. 2. Family Search Ancestral Files: John Turner Sargent (AFN:1KZN-GPP); Christiana Keadie Swan (AFN:!KZN-GQW); Howard Sargent (AFN:1KZP-NNN); General information on Swan's activities and his descendants are found in Jeffrey Munger, "Royal French Furniture in 18th-Century Boston," Howard Creel Collinson, comp. and ed., Versailles: French Court Style and Its Influence, (Toronto: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, 1992), pp. 124-25.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Sargent Thompson and Helena Apthorp Long

about 1783

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

1.9 x 10.2 cm (3/4 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1085

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware