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Teaspoon (one of a pair)

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The teaspoon bears swaged Rococo shells within a cartouche on upturned handle tip; a single drop and palmette motif adorn the back of the bowl.

Inscription

Engraved on back of handle tip with the Wendell family crest of a three-masted vessel to sinister having furled sails. "T/S / 1728" in shaded roman letters engraved below crest.

Marks

Original mark obscured by old repair to stem.

Provenance

According to the donor, the teaspoons were first owned by Jacob Wendell (1715 – 1753) and Elizabeth Hunt (1717 – 1799), m. 1736. Elizabeth Hunt Wendell m. second, Thomas Smith (1702 – 1795), in 1766. The spoons probably descended to Elizabeth Wendell (1742 – 1799), daughter of the above-mentioned Jacob and Elizabeth Hunt Wendell, m. Rev. Peter Thacher Smith (1731 – 1826) of Portland and Wyndham, Maine, in 1763 (or 1765). Smith was the son of the aforementioned Thomas Smith and his first wife, Sarah Tyng (d. 1742). By descent to their daughter Lucy Smith (1769 – 1864) and Abraham Anderson (1758 – 1844), m. 1788; to their son John Anderson (1792 – 1853) and his second wife, Ann Williams Jameson (b. 1804), m. 1822. To their son John Farwell Anderson (1823 – 1887) and Marcia Bowman Winter (b. 1827), m. 1847/48; to their daughter Anne Hichborn Anderson (1849 – 1919) and Charles William Lord (1845 – 1917), m. 1870; to their niece Annie L. Edmands (1878 – 1977) and Francis Smith Dane (1874 – 1964), m. 1903; to their daughter Marcia Winter Anderson Dane (1905 – 1977), the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Annie L. E. and Francis Dane

about 1740–50

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

2.4 x 12.9 cm (15/16 x 5 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1992.231

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Silver flatware