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Serving Spoon

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This large serving spoon, with deep elliptical bowl, has a long handle made of two sections seamed lengthwise and bound laterally with three soldered midbands. The handle is octagonal, tapering toward a deep elliptical bowl. The handle tip is likewise faceted, having a tall pawn or crown-shaped...

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Engraved "W / I A" in shaded roman letters on back of bowl, above mark.


Marked on back of bowl, at center, "I E" crowned over a fleur-de-lis, within a shield-shaped cartouche.


By 1948, purchased by Mark Bortman (1896-1967); 1948, loan by Mr Bortman to the MFA. 1968, by inheritance to his daughter, Jane Bortman Larus; 1985, purchased from Jane Larus by the MFA. (Accession date: Sep 24, 1985)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

about 1725

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


8.1 x 46 cm (3 3/16 x 18 1/8 in.)

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