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The small spoon has a flat worn stem, rectangular in section, and a V-shaped drop on the back of a fig-shaped bowl; it terminates in a rounded tip. Numerous dents appear on the bowl; the handle is uneven. A horizontal break cuts across the bowl from proper right; a small secondary crack appears...

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Inscription

Initials, "MV" or "MY" engraved close to the very tip of the handle.

Marks

Inside the bowl is Hull's touch "IH" over a fleur-de-lys, both within a heart-shaped device. On back of the spoon stem is a worn mark "RS," possibly the lower portion of Robert Sanderson's (1608-1893) mark of "RS" with a rosette above, both in a conforming punch.

Provenance

Maria Clark (b. about 1840) of South Boston and her husband, Henry Greene; By descent to to their son Frederick Greene; thence to his niece Florence A. Bessey (1906 – 1997) of Maine; 1983, sold by Florence Bessey to the MFA. (Accession date: Feb 9 1983)

Credit Line

Gift of the Wunsch Foundation in Recognition of Kathryn C. Buhler

1670–83

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

3.9 x 11.5 cm (1 9/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1983.134

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware