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Slightly upturned trifid-end handle having a swaged shell over scrolled and beaded design on handle at tip. Back of elliptical bowl has tapered scroll and foliate ornament flanking a slender, ribbed rattail. Casting flaw on back of handle may mask another mark, as noted above.


"MS" in shaded roman letters engraved on back of handle; later initials "H / I * E" added above the former at the tip of the handle and in a similar style of lettering.


On back of handle near bowl is stamped "IC" over a fleur de lis, all within a heart-shaped device; a second, oval, obliterated mark, possibly a flaw, also appears on back of handle.


Mary Shrimpton (1667 – 1746) of Salem, m. 1692 Robert Gibbs (1665 – 1702); By descent (1) to Lois Esselen (b. 1918), wife of Arthur R Currier (1918 – 1988); 1990, gift of Mrs. Currier to the MFA. (Accession date: June 27, 1990) 1: To her daughter and namesake, Mary Gibbs (1699 – 1761), m. 1719 the Rev. John Cotton (1693 – 1757); to their daughter Elizabeth Cotton (1722 – 1782) m. 1750 Jonathan Hastings (1708/9 – 1783); to their son John (1754 – 1839) m. 1783 Lydia Trowbridge Dana (1755 – 1808); to their daughter Elmira Hastings (1794 – 1857) m.1815 Reuben Parker; to their son Samuel Parker (1824 – 1894), m. 1846 Thirza Burrage Ballard (1828 – 1904); to their daughter Mary Louise Parker Fairbanks Clark (b. 1862) and her second husband, Charles Clark (b. 1859); to their daughter Thirza Fairbanks Clark (1884 – 1978), m. 1911 William B. Esselen; to their daughter Helen Esselen (1916 – 1992); to her sister, Lois.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Ruth P. and Pauline Dennis

about 1690

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


4.3 x 18.7 cm (1 11/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Silver flatware