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Tablespoon (set of three spoons)

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The spoon has a pointed-end downturned handle and a slight midrib on back. Undecorated except for the owner’s initials, it has an oval bowl with long rounded drop and, on the back, a swaged form of a bird holding a branch in its beak; the bird faces left.

Inscription

Engraved "TRF" in entwined script on end of handle.

Marks

Marked "GH" in roman letters within an oval, twice on back of handle. Ada Mark E12390

Provenance

The spoons were made for Thomas Foster (1753 – 1829) and Rebecca Crawford (1756 – 1812) of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, m. 1778. By descent to their children, Henrietta Foster, m. Jesse Castor of Philadelphia, in 1820; and Crawford Foster (1787 – 1853) m. Elizabeth Pattison (d. 1821), in 1816; to the children of these siblings, Josephine C. Castor (b. 1828?) and Alfred Holmes Foster (1819 – 1884), first cousins who married each other.7 By descent to their daughter Jessie Crawford Foster (d. 1907) and her husband, William Theodore Furness (d. 1929), who placed them on loan to the MFA in 1919. They then descended to her brother Thomas C. Foster. By descent to the children of William and Jessie Furness: Thomas F. Furness (1892 – 1976); Emily D. Furness (1896 – 1970); George Abbot Furness (1896 – 1985). By descent to the donors, the children of George Abbot Furness and his first wife, Eleanor Winslow Williams, and second wife, Yasuko Kimio Suzuki: Anne Winslow Furness (b. 1926); George Abbot Furness Jr. (b. 1930); Jessie Caroline Furness (b. 1957).

Credit Line

Gift of Anne, George and Jessie Furness

about 1803

Object Place

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States

Dimensions

Other: 23.7 x 4.5 cm (9 5/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1991.665

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware