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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a tapering hexagonal stem. The finial is in the form of Christ holding an orb and cross in his left hand, and raising his right hand in benediction. The spoon is apparently cast in one piece; the nimbus is cast separately and applied.


In bowl, leopard's head crowned; on back of stem near bowl, unidentified maker's mark (similar to Jackson, 1921, p. 93; rev. ed. 1989, p. 89); date letter R


Reverend Thomas Staniforth, Kirk Hammerton Hall, Yorkshire. By descent, Colonel E. W. Staniforth; 1898, Crichton Brothers, New York. Marsden J. Perry, Providence, Rhode Island. Mrs. Howard Eric, Stamford, Conneticut. December 2, 1949, sold at Parke-Burnet, New York, lot 75, to the MFA for $5000. (Accession Date: December 12, 1949)

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), marked for 1514–15

Object Place

London, England


L. 18.26 cm (7 3/16 in.); W. of bowl 4.93 cm (1 15/16 in.); Weight 65.2 gm (2 oz 2 dwt)

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