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The spoon has a fig-shaped bowl and a hexagonal stem. The finial depicts Christ holding an orb and cross in his left hand, and raising his right hand in benediction. The spoon is cast in one piece.


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, p. 112; rev. ed. 1989, p. 108); lion passant; date letter N


Charles G. Rupert, New York. December 13, 1947, Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 217, purchased by the MFA with the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour for $960 [see note 1]. (December 29, 1947) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 47.1616 - 47.1619 were acquired together.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English (London), marked for 1611–12

Object Place

London, England


L. 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.); W. of bowl 5.1 cm (2 in.); Weight 62.4 gm (2 oz 1 dwt)

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