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Spoon (one of a pair)

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This is a swaged spoon with an upturned wavy-handle tip with a long tapered rattail on back of elliptical bowl.

Inscription

Engraved "WH" conjoined, over "H * M," on back of handle tip

Marks

Marked on back of handle above bowl "I B" barred, within a shield having a crown above.

Provenance

The initials “WH” probably refer to a member of the Hubbard or Holmes family of New Jersey. Known ownership begins with Huldah Holmes (1779–1851) of Monmouth County, New Jersey, and Elias Hubbard (1776–1864) of Flatlands, New Jersey, m. 1801. To their daughter Mary Hubbard (1819–1858) and Garret G. Bergen (b. 1817) m. 1841, or to Bergen’s second wife, Sarah Conover (b. 1835), m. 1861, the grandchild of Elias and Huldah (Holmes) Hubbard, through their daughter Sarah Hubbard (1805–1867), wife of Garret P. Conover of Middletown Point, New Jersey. To Francis Henry Bergen (1863–1932), son of Sarah Conover and Garret G. Bergen, who in 1882 m. Meta Johnson (1862–1939). By descent to their daughter Ruth Bergen (1893–1966) and Robert G. Dort (1891–1950), m. 1928; to their daughter, Anne Dort Moffett (Mrs. Warren C. Moffett) of Boston, Massachusetts, the donor.

Credit Line

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

1700–20

Object Place

New York, New York

Dimensions

30.2 x 4.7 cm (11 7/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1992.275

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware