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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 is surmounted by an oval seal. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The seal and chased baluster finial are cast and applied. Traces of gilding remain on the finial.

Inscription

Engraved on top of seal, T*B

Marks

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark two clubs in saltire in a heart-shaped shield (Jackson, 1921, p. 112; rev. ed. 1989, p. 108); lion passant; date letter N

Provenance

Until 1938, Dr. George L. Walton; 1938, gift of Dr. George L. Walton to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1938)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. George L. Walton

English (London), 1610–11

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

L. 17.2 cm (6 3/4 in.); W. of bowl 5.1 cm (2 in.); Weight 48.2 gm (1 oz 13 dwt)

Accession Number

38.1641

Medium or Technique

Silver, parcel gilt

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver