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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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Signed

CW or WC

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London ?), about 1570

Object Place

London (?), England

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

47.1429

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver