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Teaspoon (one of three)

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This teaspoon has a round upturned handle with midrib on front and an elliptical bowl having a drop on the back and a finely modeled twelve-lobe shell pattern.




"Z [pellet] Brigden" in italics within a shaped cartouche on back of stem.


The original owners are unknown, but family history of descent is claimed through Sarah Winslow West Deming (1722 – 1788), daughter of mariner John Winslow (1693 – 1731) and Sarah Pierce (1697 – 1771) of Boston, m. 1721. Sarah Winslow m. John West (1722 – 1750) of Yarmouth, Massachusetts; in 1752 she m. Boston merchant John Deming (d. 1797). The spoons were probably acquired sometime after her marriage to Deming. Subsequent descent is unknown until 1946, when the set, described by the donors as the “Winslow spoons,” was received as a wedding gift from a family member.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs Julius McNutt Ramsay, Jr.

about 1760

Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall: 2.9 x 14.6 cm, 0.02 kg (1 1/8 x 5 3/4 in., 0.04 lb.)

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