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This large serving spoon has an upturned midrib handle tip and a shallow oval bowl with an attentuated rattail on back.


"W / S * L" engraved on back of handle tip in exaggerated, later script.


Marked "A [pellet] TYLER" in broad roman letters within a rounded rectangle.


Although engraved at a later date, initials on the spoon are believed to be those of Samuel Waldo (1695-1759) of Roxbury, and Lucy Wainwright (1704-1741) of Ipswich, Massachusetts, m. 1722. The spoon probably descended to their daughter, Lucy Waldo (1724-1768) and Isaac Winslow (1709-1777), m. 1747, and to their daughter, Sarah Tyng Winslow (1765-1826), who married her first cousin, Samuel Waldo (1764-1798) in 1789. The spoon descended to their son, William Tyng Waldo (1793-1844). The latter Waldo, being unmarried, probably gave the spoon to his second cousin Elizabeth Winslow (1787-1866) and William Pickering (b. England; d. 1813) m. 1807; to their nephew Francis Winslow (1818-1862), the last surviving member of this line to carry the Winslow name, and his wife, Mary Sophia Nelson (1827-1903). m. 1846; to their son Arthur (1860-1938), and Mary L. Devereux (d. 1944); to their daughter Charlotte Winslow (1890-1954) and her husband, Robert Traill Spence Lowell (1887-1947), m. 1916; to their son, the poet Robert Traill Spence Lowell, Jr. (1917-1977) and his second wife, writer Elizabeth Hardwicke (b. 1916), m. 1949; to their daughter, the donor: Harriet Winslow Lowell (b. 1957). Sources: Waldo Lincoln, "Waldo Family in America," NEHGR 52 (1898): 221; Delmar R. Lowell, comp., ed, The Historic Genealogy of the Lowells in America from 1639 to 1899 (no city: Published by the author, 1899), p. 120, 226, 285; Waldo Lincoln, comp., The Genealogy of the Waldo Family, A Record of the Descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Massachusetts from 1647-1900, 2 vols., (Worcester, Ma.: Press of Charles Hamilton, 1902), p. 96, 183-85, 186-7, 311-12; Arthur Winslow, Francis Winslow, His Forbears & Life (Norwood, Ma.: privately printed; The Plimpton Press, 1935), p. 1, 24, 32, 37; 48-9; Harvard Class of 1939 (Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Printing Office, 1964), p. 660; Clifford Lewis 3rd and John Devereux Kernan, Devereux of the Leap, County Wexford, Irleand, and Utica, New York; Nicholas Devereux, 1791-1855 (s.l. Lewis, 1974), p. 88; Harvard Class of 1939, 50th Anniversary Report (Cambridge, Ma.: Class of 1939, 1989), p. 324; Sarah Payne Stuart, My First Cousin, Once Removed: Money, Madness and the Family of Robert Lowell (New York: Harper, Collins, Publishers, 1998), p. 2-11; 13-14; 17, 33-8, 49, 52, 95-6, and passim; Department of Vital Statistics, Marriages 1 (1916):158; Department of Vital Statistics, Marriages (1916) 1:158, Deaths (1938) 10:485; Sibley's Harvard Graduates 9, p. 101; Who's Who in America, 44th Edition, 1986-87 (Wilmette, Ill.: Marquis Who's Who, Macmillan Directory Division, 1987) 1:1187; undated correspondence from Arthur Winslow to Kathryn Buhler, departmental files, American Decorative Arts and Sculpture.

Credit Line

Gift of Harriet Winslow Lowell


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


6.6 x 36.4 cm (2 5/8 x 14 5/16 in.)

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