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The spoon has an upturned trifid-end handle with flat stem terminating in an elliptical bowl with rounded drop and a ridged rattail.

Inscription

On back of stem, engraved "[pellet] T [pellet] B [pellet] / [pellet] M [pellet] R (reconfigured as an "A" or vice versa) [pellet] / 1696."

Marks

Marked three times on back of stem "WW," with two stars above and one below, all within a shield shape having a serrated top. A second, unidentified mark may be a symbol or pseudohallmark.

Provenance

Original owner unknown, although the initials could be those of Tunis Bergen (1679 – 1755) and his wife, Mary or Marritje, of Jamaica, New York. The spoon descended in the Bergen family in a similar fashion as the Henricus Boelen spoons owned by the same family.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Warren Christie Moffett in honor of her grandfather, Francis Henry Bergen, and her mother, Ruth Bergen Dort

1698–1715

  • William Ward, American (born in Killingworth, Connecticut), 1678–1768
Object Place

Wallingford or Guilford, Connecticut

Dimensions

4.4 x 18.4 cm (1 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1992.273

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware