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Maidenhead spoon

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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a rectangular stem. The finial is in the shape of a bust of a maiden. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The maidenhead finial is cast and attached to the stem with a lap-join. Traces of gilding remain on the finial. The bowl has...

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H. D. Ellis, Esq., Lt.-Col. J. Benett-Stanford, Tisbury, Wiltshire. November 14, 1935, Sotheby & Co., London, lot 226, sold. J. P. Morgan (1867–1943), New York; October 30, 1947, Parke-Bernet, lot 135, purchased by the MFA with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $110. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947)

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London ?), about 1570

Object Place

London (?), England


W. of bowl 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.); L. 16.2 cm (6 3/8 in.); Weight 31.9 gm (1 oz)

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