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The spoon has a worn, somewhat rounded, fig-shaped bowl with raised V-shaped drop and a rounded handle, culminating in a wide rounded tip.

Inscription

The roman letter "W" appears on back of handle above bowl; "A/AA" engraved on back of bowl.

Marks

" I [pellet] D/ [fleur de lis]" stamped on bowl within a heart-shaped device. A similar, less distinct mark appears on back of handle.

Provenance

(1). By 1979, purchased by Marshall Blankarn; 1979, lent by Mr. Blankarn to the MFA; by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Alexander Van R. Halsey; 1990, gift of Mrs. Halsey to the MFA. (Accession date: Sept 18, 1990) 1: Although no family history accompanies this spoon, earlier scholars have suggested descent in the Nicholas and Adams families of Boston, based upon the engraved initials. However, further research demonstrates at least one other genealogical scenario for ownership in the Waight and Anderson families.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Alexander Van R. Halsey, in memory of her Father, Marshall P. Blankarn

1665–84

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

5 x 18.1 cm (1 15/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1990.484

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware