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Seal-Top Spoon

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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The baluster support with gadrooned lobe is surmounted by a circular seal. The finial is gilt. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The seal and chased baluster support are cast and applied.

Inscription

Pricked on top of seal, HB over 1617

Marks

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark C enclosing I in a plain shield (Kent, 1981, p. 25); lion passant; date letter T

Provenance

Tiffany & Co., London, 1938; Anonymous Gift to the MFA in Memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914). (Accession Date: December 8, 1938)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)

English (London), 1616–17

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

L. 16.19 cm (6 3/8 in.); W. of bowl 4.6 cm (1 13/16 in.); Weight 39.7 gm (1 oz 6 dwt)

Accession Number

38.1751

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver