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Tablespoon

This is a fiddleback sppon with projections near the juncture of the ovoid bowl. A stamped shell decorates the handle.

Inscription

AJ on handle The initials "AJ" that are engraved on the spoon may stand for Anna Joy (b. 1799), or her step-brother, Andrew Eliot Joy (b. 1808) children of sea captain Captain Mezar Joy (1758-1817) and his second wife Ann Eliot (1765-1799) and third wife, Mary Eliot (1775-1842/3), respectively.

Marks

DAVIS.WATSON&CO. in rectangle

Provenance

By descent to Miss Martha May Eliot and Miss Abigail Adams Eliot. September 15, 1971, gift of Eliots to MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Martha May Eliot and Miss Abigail Adams Eliot

about 1820

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Accession Number

1971.318

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware