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Apostle spoon

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The spoon has an elliptical bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Saint Bartholomew holding a book in his right hand and a knife in his left. On the top of the nimbus is a dove on a stippled ground. The bowl and stem of the spoon are forged from a single piece. The finial and...

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Inscription

Engraved at a later date on back of bowl, JJS

Marks

In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, maker's mark WC three pellets above and a rose between pellets below in a plain shield (Kent, 1981, p. 31); lion passant; date letter C

Provenance

Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island; Mrs. Howard Eric, Stamford, Conneticut. December 2, 1949, Parke-Bernet Sale, New York, lot 75, sold to the MFA and purchased with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $5,000 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: December 12, 1949) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 49.1710 - 49.1721 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), 1660–61

Object Place

London, England

Dimensions

L. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.); W. of bowl 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.); Weight 59.5 gm (1 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number

49.1721

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver