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Tablespoon (one of three)

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Trifid-handled spoon with slightly upturned handle has a swaged scroll and beaded design at handle tip. Back of elliptical bowl has a bilaterally symmetrical scroll and foliate ornament that surrounds slender, ribbed rattail.


"MS" in shaded roman letters engraved on back of handle; "H / I * E," in a similar lettering style, added later above the former, at tip of handle.


Marked on back of handle with "IC" with annulet between, over a fleur-de-lis, both within a shaped heart. A second oval obliterated mark, possibly a flow, struck on back of handle.


Mary Shrimpton (1667 – 1746) of Salem m. 1692 Robert Gibbs (1665 – 1702); by descent to her daughter Mary Gibbs (1699 – 1761), m. the Rev. John Cotton (1693 – 1757) in 1719; to their daughter Elizabeth Cotton (1722 – 1782), who in 1750 m. Jonathan Hastings (1708/9 – 1783); to John Hastings (1754 – 1839) and Lydia Trowbridge Dana (1755 – 1808), m. 1783, to their son Edmund Trowbridge Hastings (1789-1861) and Elizabeth Spring m 1815; to their daughter Harriet Elizabeth Hastings (1818-1887) and John Bryant Hatch (1817-1890) m 1841; to their son Geroge Stanley Hatch (1855-1931) and Mary Kidder Whiting (b 1861), m 1891; jointly to their son Francis Whiting Hatch (1897-1975) m. 1922 Katherine Marjory Kennard, and daughter Harriet Hastings Hatch (1892-1979) m. Oakes Ames; to their children Francis Whiting Hatch Jr (b 1925), Oakes Ames (b. 1926) and Geroge Ames (b. 1929); 2001, transferred to Mr. Oakes Ames; 2001, gift of Mr. Ames to the MFA. (Accession date: Dec 12, 2001)

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Oakes I. Ames

about 1690

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 4.4 x 19.1 cm (1 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Silver flatware