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The spoon has a slightly downturned round-handled tip, with feather-edged decoration, a sharp midrib on the back, and a thick stem that is rectangular in section. The back of the elliptical bowl has a long rounded drop and fifteen-lobed shell decoration. The bowl of the shell is dented and worn...

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On back of stem, marked "B T" in a serrated rectangle.


This spoon was retained by Tappan and his wife, Sarah Homes (1748-1826), the daughter of silversmith William Homes, Sr., (1716/17-85), and descended in the family for five generations.1 The spoon was first inherited by the silversmith's son, Lewis (1788-1873), who married Susannah Aspinwall (1790-1853) in 1813.2 The couple removed to Brooklyn, New York, where the spoon was inherited by their daughter, Lucy Maria Tappan (1825-1863) and Henry Chandler Bowen (1813-1896), who were married in 1844; by descent to their son, Henry Elliot Bowen (b. 1845), who married Elizabeth White Plummer (b. 1848) of Roxbury, Massachusetts in 18693; to their daughter, Ethel Plummer Bowen (1879-1965), who married Dr. Franklin Warren White (about 1869-1950) of Charlestown, Massachsetts in 19044; to their son, the donor: Henry Bowen White (b. 1911) of Boston. 1Daniel Langdon Tappan, Tappan-Toppan Genealogy, Ancestors & Descendants of Abraham Toppan of Newbury, Massachusetts 1606-1672 (Arlington, Ma.: privately printed, 1915), pp. 24-5, 40-42. 2Algernon Akin Aspinwall, comp., The Aspinwall Genealogy: Peter Aspinwall & Descendants, Rutland, Vt.: Tuttle & Co. Press, 1901), pp. 53, 76, 82-3, 124. 3Edward Augustus Bowen, Lineage of the Bowens of Woodstock, Ct., (Cambridge, Ma.: Riverside Press, 1897), pp. 154, 157; Sidney Perley, The Plumer Genealogy - Francis Plumer, who settled at Newbury, Massachusetts, and some of His Descendants (Salem, Ma.: The Essex Institute, 1917), pp. 199-200; Richard N. Gookins, comp. A History and Genealogy of the Gookin Family of England, Ireland and America (Salem, Oregon: typescript, 1983) [NEHGS library], pp. 372. 4Hon. Daniel Appleton White, The Descendants of William White of Haverhill, Massachusetts, Genealogical Notices (Boston: J. Wilson and Son, 1863), pp. 34, 44-6; correspondence, departmental files; twentieth-century birth and death records, Massachusetts Department of Vital Records.

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Gift of H. Bowen White

about 1770–80

Object Place

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States


4.1 x 20.5 cm (1 5/8 x 8 1/16 in.)

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Silver flatware