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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

Family history records that James Swan (1755 – 1828) and his wife, Hepzibah Clarke (d. 1826), m. 1776, were the first owners, but the unidentifiable crest suggests that the silver probably entered the family through the marriage one of their three daughters, perhaps Chritiana Keadie Swan (1779 – 1867) and John Turner Sargent (1769 – 1813), m. 1806.4 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), m. 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 Helena Apthorp Thompson Long (1911 – 1994), the donors.

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Sargent Thompson and Helena Apthorp Long

about 1783

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

1.8 x 10.2 cm (11/16 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

1991.1086

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware